Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin – Editor

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


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.

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

Work experience


Oct, 1996 — Present

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.

Hamish Hamilton

Apr, 1991 — Oct, 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

Oct, 1988 — Mar, 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

Oct, 1987 — Sep, 1988 (11 months)

Copy-editing and proofreading legal forms and textbooks.

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