Paul Charles reads from his new novel at Magherafelt library

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PAUL Charles will be coming to Magherafelt Library on Monday 11th June at 7.00pm, to read from his latest novel, The Last Dance.

The Last Dance is set in Mid-Ulster in the late 1950s early 1960s against a backdrop of the world of the legendary Irish Showbands and Paul Charles, who describes himself as an author, agent and Beatle Fan, will host this reading, Question & Answer and signing event.

Paul Charles was born and raised in Magherafelt, but he now lives with his wife in Camden, London, where he divides his time between writing and working in the music industry, in which he is recognised as one of Europe’s best known music promoters and agents.

For this latest novel, The Last Dance (published by New Island, May 2012), Paul has called upon memories from his days with the Blues by Five when they would play around the Irish ballroom circuit as a relief group to various showbands.

The Last Dance is steeped in the world of the legendary Irish Showbands. It is the story of the ‘Playboys Showband’ from Castlemartin, on the Lough Neagh shore in Country Derry, and in particular the coming of age story of their lead singer Martin Dean. Unlike the majority of Paul Charles’ books it’s not a crime story but there is a bit of mystery in it.

This is Paul’s second novel which uses music as a backdrop, the other one being First Of The True Believers (2002), “a novel concerning the Beatles.”

Paul Charles is also the author of ten novels in the Inspector Christy Kennedy series, including I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass, Last Boat To Camden Town, Fountain Of Sorrow, The Ballad Of Sean And Wilko, The Hissing Of The Silent Lonely Room, I’ve Heard The Banshee Sing, The Justice Factory, Sweetwater, The Beautiful Sound of Silence and A Pleasure To Do Death With You, published in 2012. In 2007, The Dust of Death, the first of a new series featuring Inspector Starrett was published and Family Life, the second in this series set in Donegal was published in September 2009. Also published (2002) is First of the True Believers, plus the factual (The Complete Guide to) Playing Live (2004).

Praise for Paul Charles’ novels has come from all angles of the literary world and his latest novel, The Last Dance, is expected to receive equally high plaudits:

“Paul Charles is one of the hidden treasures of British crime fiction.” - John Connolly

“A writer who treads in the classic footsteps of Morse and Maigret.” - Guardian

“Charles draws the reader in with an easy style and the result is an excellent thriller.” - Dublin Evening Herald

“The explosive characters and riveting plot amount to a truly enjoyable and worthwhile read.” - Waterstone’s Guide to Irish Books

Mildred Jones, Magherafelt Branch Library Manager, explains: “You are invited to come along on Monday to meet Paul Charles, hear extracts from this latest novel The Last Dance and to chat about his life as an author and his music career, which started at the age of fifteen when he managed his first group. Admission to this event is free and refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome.”

For more details, contact Magherafelt Library (The Bridewell, 6 Church Street, BT45 6AN) on telephone number: 028 7963 2278 or email For further information on Paul Charles, go to: