Charlie Connelly



Charlie Connelly is a bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster. He is the author of nineteen books, including the bestselling Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round The Shipping Forecast and Last Train to Hilversum: A Journey In Search of the Magic of Radio.


Three of Charlie’s books have been selected as BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, read by Martin Freeman, Stephen Mangan and Tom Goodman-Hill, while the audio version of Attention All Shipping, read by Alex Jennings, was voted the second-best audiobook of all time in a Guardian/Waterstones poll.


He writes, produces and presents the popular maritime podcast Coastal Stories, which was BBC Countryfile’s podcast of the month in June 2020 and in the olden days he co-presented three series of Traveller’s Tree for BBC Radio 4 with Fi Glover, was a presenter on the BBC1 Holiday programme and made radio documentaries on subjects ranging from the poetry of Noel Coward to the legendary cricket coach Alfred Gover. 

Charlie is a popular and entertaining public speaker, having lectured at the Royal Geographical Society and made sold out appearances at the Edinburgh Festival and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. His one-man show based on Attention All Shipping sold out in days when it premiered at the Cutty Sark theatre in Greenwich.

He lives in Scotland, perched on a hill overlooking a loch. He misses Charlton Athletic terribly. 


  1. You mentioned various lighthouses, but the Elephant in the room, not observed is the Corporation of Trinity House. No one can build a light house or display a light without their permission. No mention of Light Vessel. Trinity House was set up by Henry VIII and made a Corporation by Elizabeth 1. What you lack in knowledge you try and make up in humour.

  2. Good grief, I bet 'unknown' is a real bundle of fun!


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