After taking a degree in English at Oxford University, C. J. Schüler embarked on a career in publishing and journalism. He has edited many travel guides, thematic atlases, and other illustrated non-fiction books, and has served on the editorial staff of The Independent and the Rough Guides. His writing and editing has focused on subjects including the history, politics and culture of Central and Eastern Europe, heritage and the built environment, archaeology, classical music and contemporary visual art.

His most recent book, The Wood hat Built London, published by Sandstone Press in October 2021, charts the fortunes of the great woodland that once covered much of what is now South London. His previous work, Along the Amber Route: St Petersburg to Venice (also from Sandstone), an epic travelogue through Eastern and Central Europe, was hailed as ‘timely and powerful’ by the Financial Times, shortlisted for Stanford Dolman Award and longlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize.

C. J. Schüler is also the author of Writers, Lovers, Soldiers, Spies: A History of the Authors’ Club of London, 1891–2016 (Author’s Club, 2016), and three illustrated histories of cartography, and is the co-author of the transatlantic bestseller The Traveler’s Atlas. He has written on literature, travel and the arts for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, the Daily Telegraph, The Tablet, the Financial Times and the New Statesman.

He has spoken to large audiences at book festivals, libraries, bookshops and local societies, and is available for public speaking. He can also provide comprehensive freelance services and consultancy to news media, magazines and book publishers, including planning, project management, research, copywriting, editing, proof-reading, layout and production. He holds diplomas in Field Archaeology (Birkbeck College) and German (Open University), was chairman of the Authors’ Club.from 2008 to 2015, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2011.