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Charles Belfoure

About The Author

Charles Belfoure is a New York Times bestselling author and architect who lives in Westminster, Maryland. A graduate of the Pratt Institute and Columbia University, he practices historic preservation as both an architect and consultant. He has also written architectural histories, including Monuments to Money: The Architecture of American Banks (2011), and Edmund Lind: Anglo-American Architect of Baltimore and the South (2009).  He is the co-author of Niernsee & Neilson, Architects of Baltimore (2006) and The Baltimore Rowhouse (2001). The recipient of a grant from the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and the Graham Foundation, Belfoure has won multiple awards for his books from the Maryland Historical Trust.

The Paris Architect, his first novel, was set in Paris during the Second World War, when gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission to design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, that will bring him a great deal of money - and maybe get him killed.  His latest novel, House of Thieves, is set in New York, in the late 19th century. When respectable architect John Cross's son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt John is brought into contact with a notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city, and is soon embroiled in a relationship he finds increasingly difficult to escape.

Below, exclusively for Foyles, Charles selects some of his favourite fiction.

 

Author Picks

Jude the Obscure
(Paperback)
Thomas Hardy
 
Hardy was an architect for 16 years before he made enough money from Far From the Madding Crowd to write full time. I’m an architect who wants to write full time so he’s my hero. Jude is a powerful statement about his country’s class system.
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Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and...
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Evelyn Waugh
 
My favourite novel of all time. I re-read it every year. It’s even more amazing because Waugh wrote the whole thing on 6 months leave from the army during World War II.
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Eye of the Needle
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Ken Follett
 
One of the most gripping World War II novels, I've ever read. It's more fascinating because a key plot element plays on the Irish hatred of the English which most Americans don't understand. It really translated well into the movie that was done in the late 1970s.
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The Alienist: Number 1 in series
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Caleb Carr
 
This is the perfect synthesis of historical fiction and psychological crime thriller. Historical fiction is supposed to transport the reader into a past world and make him or her feel that they're actually living in that time period which is what Carr does so brilliantly. Carr shares my admiration for Theodore Roosevelt, our favorite president.
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Gone with the Wind
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Margaret Mitchell
 
Yes, I've actually the read the book. My wife had a copy. Because I like to compare novels with the movies they've been made into, I read it. It's thicker than a Bible. Actually the book is more interesting than the movie. It gives you an idea how much stuff has to be be cut and condensed to create a movie.
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Martin Dressler: The Tale of an...
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Steven Millhauser
 
A wonderful story set in late 19th century New York City. There are few novels that deal with business and real estate as the core of the plot.
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The Mayor of Casterbridge
(Paperback)
Thomas Hardy
Another great work by my personal hero, architect-turned-writer Thomas Hardy. Hardy transports you into a fictional world based on his native Dorset. Hardy actually continued to do architectural work for his brother's building company after he achieved fame and success as a novelist and poet.
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The Paris Architect
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Charles Belfoure
 
 
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House of Thieves
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Charles Belfoure
 
 
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