The ghosts who tell stories when the stars run out of words

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Ghosts don’t just come out on Halloween. There’s a character called Beverley in The Echo Chamber, John Boyne’s new satirical novel on social media and culture cancellation. Beverley is a bestselling author who secretly uses a ghost writer without the knowledge of her readers.

Guest writing can be seen as the elephant of publishing in the room, but before Christmas there were plenty of bestsellers on bookstore shelves, from cookbooks to sports autobiographies and memoirs, will have used the services of a ghostwriter.

Ghost writing services have exploded due to the pandemic, as reported earlier in the year by StoryTerrace, which saw a 400pc increase earlier this year of adult children who, pushed to the action by Covid, wanted to hire a ghostwriter to preserve their parents’ memories.


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