Charles Montgomery (writer)

Charles Montgomery ( born 1968 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ) is a Canadian writer and photojournalist.


Charles Montgomery was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He spent his formative years on a farm on Vancouver Iceland. Montgomery studied at the University of Victoria and at Langara College. He began his career in the Lillooet Bridge River News and The Vancouver Sun. He lived from 1996 to 1998 in Hong Kong, where he wrote articles for the Hong Kong Shipping Gazette and HK Magazine.

Montgomery's article about the environment, adventure, cultural differences and myths appeared in magazines and newspapers in Canada, the United States and Hong Kong, including Outside Magazine, Explore Magazine, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus and The South China Morning Post.

His articles for the magazine won four Western Canada Magazine Awards, 2004 Silver National Magazine Award, and in 2003 the American Society of Travel Writer's Lowell Thomas Silver Award for the best North American travel history.

His most famous book, published in Canada under the title The Last Heathen (2004), is a narrative description of Montgomery's search of the legacy of Victorian missionaries in the South Pacific archipelago of Melanesia. It contains descriptions of the cargo cult and the old tribal wars in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. The book won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction in 2005. The jury called it " irresistible adventure in discovery, a journey into rough terrain and a revelation of the power of ancestral stories across cultural divides. " In addition, the book awarded the gehörendem to the BC Book Prizes Hubert Evans non- Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for Writers' Trust awards.

Charles Montgomery is a member of the FCC, a collective of people living in Vancouver literary journalist whose stories about the world based on comparative approaches. Own assert, that it is influenced by the music of Manu Chaos and the writings of Malcolm Lowry, Laurens van der Post, Bruce Chatwin, Miguel de Cervantes and Paul William Roberts.

Montgomery lives in Vancouver and Ciudad de México.


  • Lowry 's ghosts. Transcontinental Media Inc., Vancouver, 2002.
  • The Last Heathen. 2004 ( U.S. title: The Shark God, 2006)
  • Farewell brave Babylon: the memoirs of Captain Ali Al- Wahabi, former Presidential pilot for Saddam Hussein. ( Translation and representation: Lynn Santer and Charles Montgomery ) Babylon Publishing, Slough 2006.
  • My way! : An ordinary guy's extraordinary journey. (along with Lois Carter ) Tattersall Publishing, Denton 2007.