Author Neil Hanson has led a extraordinary life in his own right, but as a professional ghostwriter of over 60 published books, he has also worked with a remarkably diverse collection of the most interesting people around.
His clients include household names - an American showbiz legend, England’s most famous cricketer, a famous actor, one of Britain’s most decorated soldiers and an England football manager - but also many less celebrated men and women who have led extraordinary lives or achieved remarkable things. They include SAS men, fast-jet pilots, explorers and adventurers, a treasure diver, a kidnap negotiator, a hugely successful businessman, a spy, a notorious gangster, a round the world walker, a submariner, a maxillofacial surgeon and many more.
His hugely entertaining talk gives us privileged glimpses into the hidden worlds of his ghosting clients. It is revelatory, insightful and very, very funny.
In a long and very chequered career, among a bewildering variety of other jobs, Neil Hanson has been an Oxford graduate, a plasterer’s mate, an ice cream salesman, a holiday camp redcoat and - simultaneously - an art critic and a rugby league commentator. He’s edited the boozer’s Bible - the Good Beer Guide - a job, he says, where it was practically a sacking offence not to get drunk at lunchtime. He also ran, and later owned, Britain’s highest inn, in a wild and remote corner of the Yorkshire Dales, went round the world twice and worked as a print journalist and radio broadcaster in Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
He is now a very successful author with over 60 published books to his name. As well as his own work, he’s also a “ghost writer” for, among others, sports stars, showbiz legends, captains of industry, SAS men, pilots, a treasure diver, an explorer, a kidnap negotiator, an undercover investigator and a spy.
An award winning speaker, he has entertained audiences at every type of occasion - corporate events, conferences, festivals, luncheon clubs, dinners and banquets - throughout the UK and in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Kansas City, New Orleans, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland and Wellington
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