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June 27, 2014

First Ghost

Filed under: Uncategorized — felipewh @ 10:39 am

Those with the means, who are struggling to complete their cherished book, typically turn to Andrew Crofts for help. He is probably the UK’s leading ghostwriter, and is a speaker and panellist at the inaugural Ampthill Literary Festival, appearing on Saturday 5 July. Although many of his ghostwriting clients remain anonymous beneath strict confidentiality agreements, there’s no secret about how the process works, as you can read on Andrew’s website.

He received the ultimate accolade of having his guide to ghostwriting quoted at the start of every chapter of Robert Harris’ The Ghost, a brilliant political thriller turned into a movie starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan.

Andrew is also an established author of fiction and non-fiction in his own name. His 2013 novel, Secrets of the Italian Gardener, is a thriller set in the Arab Spring. Like the Robert Harris book, it describes the dilemmas facing the hired writer of a biography of a political leader, in this case featuring struggles of conscience as a desperate need for a better income for his family tempts him into deep and turbulent political waters – all the time haunted by a personal secret too painful to bear.

The title Confessions of a Ghostwriter, by Andrew Crofts, is published by Harper Collins in August. A chapter from Confessions will appear in the Festival Yearbook, to be published later this year.

If you want to hear Andrew and the other speakers – Gavin Esler, Nadine Dorries, Brian Clemens, Natasha Desborough, Amy Sparkes and Judi Sutherland, on Saturday 5th July, there are still a few tickets left. Click here to purchase.


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