Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin - Editor

London, UK

I edit fiction and non-fiction. I have also written several biographies and books on film. Worked for Penguin, Viking, Hamish Hamilton.

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I am an experienced and versatile editor who, after eight years working in-house at Penguin Books, Hamish Hamilton and Viking, began on a long freelance career, which has involved taking on a wide range of editorial and writing assignments. The authors with whom I have worked over the years include Peter Ackroyd, Ronan Bennett, Mavis Cheek, Isabel Colegate, Geoff Dyer, John Fowles, Esther Freud, Philip Hensher and Hugo Vickers.

In 2001 I was a co-writer of Boo Hoo: A Story from Concept to Tragedy,
Ernst Malmsten’s account of the pioneering internet retailer, which was nominated for a W.H. Smith prize.

Between 2002 and 2005, I worked as the editor of two volumes of journals by the novelist John Fowles, which involved not only distilling 400,000 words from an original diary of more than 2 million words but also writing an introduction and notes for each volume.

As an author, I have written several highly praised books of film biography and history, including In Search of The Third Man (1999), Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul (2002) and The Faber Book of French Cinema (2011). Most recently (2020) I wrote and oversaw the editing, design and production of Making Hollywood Happen, a book that celebrates the seventieth anniversary of the completion guarantor Film Finances.

In addition to my experience as an editor and writer in general publishing, I have a doctorate from the University of London and have published many articles in academic journals.

English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Contemporary Fiction

Work experience

Writer and Editor

October, 1996 – Present (over 24 years)

My first book, The Finest Years: British Cinema of the 1940s, was published in 1998. Since then I have continued to work as a freelance writer and editor. I have also lectured on film history at Queen Mary, University of London and I am historical consultant to the completion guarantor Film Finances.

Deputy Managing Editor

Hamish Hamilton
April, 1991 – October, 1996 (over 5 years)

Copy-editing and developmental editing as well as assisting the managing editor in the supervision of Hamish Hamilton's team of freelance editors and proofreaders.


Penguin Books
October, 1988 – March, 1991 (over 2 years)

Copy-editing Penguin Classics translations and paperback originals as well as titles for the Penguin hardback imprints Viking, Allen Lane and Michael Joseph.


Fourmat Publishing
October, 1987 – September, 1988 (11 months)

Copy-editing and proofreading legal forms and textbooks.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Conversations of Socrates (Penguin Classics)

Xenophon, Waterfield, Robin H., Tredennick, Hugh, Waterfield, Robin H.

The House of Ulloa (Penguin Classics)

Bazan, Emilia Pardo, Graves, Lucia, O'Prey, Paul, O'Prey, Paul, Graves, Lucia


Kay, Guy Gavriel

English Music

Ackroyd, Peter

Kitchen venom

Hensher, Philip

The Journals: Volume 1: 1949-1965

Fowles, John, Drazin, Charles, Drazin, Charles

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