UK Ghostwriters: 8 Writers Haunting the United Kingdom

There’s a story in you. A book that wants to be published. But maybe writing isn’t your strong suit, or you’re simply too busy to sit at your desk and get the words out.

Luckily, there’s (almost) no problem that money can’t solve, which means you can hire someone else to write it for you. That’s right, there are people out there who will happily help you write your book, articles, or speech, without being credited as the author.

Such professional creatures go under the alluring name of ‘ghostwriters,’ and a good bunch operate from the land of politeness, dark humor, and tea (also referred to as the United Kingdom). So, if you’re ready to give your book the chance it deserves, please let me introduce you to some of the best ghostwriters in the UK.

1. Ginny Carter

If you’re hoping to publish a book to establish yourself as a thought or industry leader, Ginny’s got you covered. Her background in business and marketing spans over 20+ years, and has allowed her to help dozens of entrepreneurs looking to build their personal brand. Her writing ranges from self-help books to memoirs and biographies, and she’s made the Amazon bestseller list three times. When she’s not typing away, she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and two kids alongside the lovely canal in Macclesfield.

Specialty genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Management, Career Guides, Health & Wellbeing, Psychology, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Technology, Writing & Publishing

Fun fact: Ginny collaborates with BookTrust, a British charity dedicated to help children reading.

2. Andrew Crofts

Andrew has over 40 years of experience and 80 books under his belt as a writer and ghostwriter, making him a legend among his peers. What really makes him special, though, is his willingness to voice difficult stories. Throughout his career, he’s been able to bring to light important stories of victims of crimes and abuse from different countries. His work has been so powerful that he’s been approached by celebrities and world leaders alike, one of his favorite perks of being a ghostwriter.

Specialty genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Management, Entertainment, Political Science & Current Affairs, Travel, Writing & Publishing

Fun fact: His book Ghostwriting was quoted by Robert Harris’ novel The Ghost, which was adapted into a movie starring Hollywood actors Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan.

3. Shari Low 

Glasgow-born Shari Low started a career as a nightclub and hotel manager traveling between Scotland, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, until a midlife crisis led her to write her first novel and submit it to agents. The rest, for her, is history: today she’s an author and ghostwriter with 19 novels published in the UK and internationally. Shari wears many hats: from women’s fiction filled with real toe-curling moments to thrillers that send chills down your spine, she knows how to make readers react with emotion.

Specialty genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Entertainment, Parenting & Families, Historical Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Mystery & Crime, Romance, Thriller & Suspense, Women’s Fiction

Fun fact: She got her first publishing deal the same day she found out she was pregnant, a day she’ll hardly forget.

4. Philip Whiteley

Philip Whiteley is a ghostwriter from Bradford, West Yorkshire. He started his career as a reporter, and then had a literary breakthrough after publishing his first novel Close of Play, which was shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize in 2015. Since then he has written and co-authored over 80 books, with a particular focus on challenging conventional wisdom around business, leadership, and organizational culture. His work led him to become a columnist for The Times, and he has also collaborated with the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Specialty genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Management

Fun fact: He (unsuccessfully) tried to become a professional cricket player.

5. Martin Toseland

In the past 40 years, Martin has experienced the publishing industry inside out. He started his editorial career at Penguin commissioning books, then took over the role of Publishing Director at HarperCollins. Looking for a new challenge, he jumped on the other side of the table, authoring and ghostwriting a series of books across multiple genres. Needless to say, his experience led him to win several awards and become a Sunday Times best-selling ghostwriter and editor.

Specialty genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Management, Education & Reference, Entertainment, Health & Wellbeing, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Humor & Comedy

Fun fact: One of his latest projects involved researching how psychopaths think. Never a dull moment being a ghostwriter.

6. Katy Weitz

Katy Weitz is based in Rye in East Sussex, where the charming cobblestone streets have inspired a successful ghostwriting career. Several of her ghosted memoirs have been published by the Big 5, like Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and HarperCollins, and some of her books have been adapted for TV documentaries and movies.

Specialty genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health & Wellbeing, Inspirational, Parenting & Families, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Sex & Relationships, True Crime

Fun fact: Beside ghostwriting, she runs a campsite in Sussex with her partner Phil.

7. Claire Robbin

Born and raised in Northern England, Claire studied Theatre Arts and Playwriting and kick-started her career by mentoring aspiring writers in central London. Having deconstructed the formula of writing a best-selling title, she now helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and influencers to do the same. Her ghostwritten books range from memoirs, to biographies, to self-help books 一 many of which have climbed the top of Amazon’s charts (one of them for three years straight!).

Specialty genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Management, Entertainment, Health & Wellbeing, Philosophy, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, True Crime, Chick Lit

Fun fact: Claire is also a songwriter and her music has been featured on BBC Radio and a British TV series. Talk about multipotentiality.

8. Harry Freedman

Harry Freedman is a seasoned non-fiction writer and ghostwriter based in London, UK, whose books have been published by Bloomsbury 一 which also published the Harry Potter saga. His writing 一 as he describes it 一 is “brisk, informative and readable” and tackles big themes from history, culture, religion. With decades in the business, and many recessions behind his back, Harry has also been mentoring people on how to navigate career changes.

Specialty genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, History, Judaism, Philosophy, Writing & Publishing

Fun fact: He did a PhD in Aramaic, the ancient language spoken by Jesus.

There you have them, some of the best ghostwriters in the UK. We hope you’ll be able to find the right one to collaborate with, and get your book written. If you need a list of ghostwriters across the pond, do check out our list of ghostwriters in the USA. Good luck!