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Caro Handley

Caro Handley - Ghostwriter

UK

I have ghosted over 40 books, many of them bestsellers, for major publishers as well as private commissions.

Overview

I have ghosted and edited 42 books with a wide range of authors. Books I have worked on include five Sunday Times no 1 bestsellers. I specialise in bringing out the depths in a story and the strengths in authors.
My background is in journalism, I trained in local newspapers before becoming a reporter on the Daily Mail, a feature writer on several national women's magazines, assistant editor on Woman’s Own and assistant editor on the Sunday Express Magazine. I also trained in psychotherapy and worked as agony aunt on Chat Magazine and later on Good Housekeeping.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Entertainment Health & wellbeing Parenting & Families Politics & Current Affairs Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
  • Diploma in Psychotherapy
  • Degree in Politics and Philosophy

Work experience

Freelance

Self-employed

January, 1989 – Present (almost 28 years)

From 1989 to 2000 I was a feature writer, working for magazines including Elle, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, woman and Woman's Own. Since 2000 I have been a ghostwriter and editor working with major publishers including HarperCollins, Hodder & Stoughton, Random House, Quadrille and Quercus.

Portfolio (34 selected works)

Todo in Tuscany: the dog at the villa

Louise Badger, Lawrence Kershaw

A dream house in Tuscany . . . and a dog named Todo.Todo had been waiting at Poggiolino since his mistress died over two years before. The house lay empty and neglected and yet he wouldn't leave. He seemed to know that someday the right people would come along and make it a home again.Louise and Lawrence weren't thinking of buying the very first house they looked at in Tuscany. In fact, their ... read more

A dream house in Tuscany . . . and a dog named Todo.Todo had been waiting at Poggiolino since his mistress died over two years before. The house lay empty and neglected and yet he wouldn't leave. He seemed to know that someday the right people would come along and make it a home again.Louise and Lawrence weren't thinking of buying the very first house they looked at in Tuscany. In fact, their ... read more

Always By My Side: Losing the love of my life and the fight to honour his memory

Christina Schmid

A LOVE LOST.A LIFE CUT SHORT.'From the moment I set eyes on him I adored him. The connection between us was so strong it went beyond everything else. His job, my job, his lifestyle, my lifestyle. All that fell away.'And then one earth-shattering day Christina's worst nightmare came true when Oz was killed on his final day of duty before flying home to his family.This is Christina and Oz's stor... read more

A LOVE LOST.A LIFE CUT SHORT.'From the moment I set eyes on him I adored him. The connection between us was so strong it went beyond everything else. His job, my job, his lifestyle, my lifestyle. All that fell away.'And then one earth-shattering day Christina's worst nightmare came true when Oz was killed on his final day of duty before flying home to his family.This is Christina and Oz's stor... read more

A Passion for Living: The amazing story of a boy who makes every day matter

Alexander Stobbs

Our lives are precious. Never more so than for 19-year-old Alexander Stobbs who has been a cystic fibrosis sufferer from birth. For him, each day could be his last. But as he says in the BAFTA-nominated documentary - A Boy Called Alex - 'you can't do stuff if you're afraid'.A truly inspiring story of a young musician determined to live his dreams, Alex takes us on his journey to survive a dail... read more

Our lives are precious. Never more so than for 19-year-old Alexander Stobbs who has been a cystic fibrosis sufferer from birth. For him, each day could be his last. But as he says in the BAFTA-nominated documentary - A Boy Called Alex - 'you can't do stuff if you're afraid'.A truly inspiring story of a young musician determined to live his dreams, Alex takes us on his journey to survive a dail... read more

Alchemy of Voice: Transform and Enrich Your Life Through the Power of Your Voice

Stewart Pearce

Good condition. Shipped from the U.K. All orders received before 3pm sent that weekday.

Good condition. Shipped from the U.K. All orders received before 3pm sent that weekday.

Searching for Daddy: Looking for a family, longing for love

Christine Joanna Hart

Searching for Daddy by Christine Hart

Searching for Daddy by Christine Hart

The Art of Persuasion: How to Influence People and Get What You Want

Juliet Erickson

You may think you know what you want in life, but having the idea, the goal, the means, the business plan or the enthusiasm will only get you halfway there. Whatever it is that you want to make happen - whether a new business, community project or innovative idea - the one crucial factor by which it will stand or fall is how well you can communicate it to others. This invaluable book explains ... read more

You may think you know what you want in life, but having the idea, the goal, the means, the business plan or the enthusiasm will only get you halfway there. Whatever it is that you want to make happen - whether a new business, community project or innovative idea - the one crucial factor by which it will stand or fall is how well you can communicate it to others. This invaluable book explains ... read more

Scarred: She was a slave to her father. Pain was her only escape.

Sophie Andrews

Growing up, Sophie carried a terrible secret. She was her fathers slave, in the most horrific ways imaginable. At just a few months old she was adopted by a couple that seemed comfortably off and perfectly respectable to the outside world. But behind closed doors, Sophies childhood was a living hell. Her father spent the next decade grooming her for abuse and when Sophies mother left for good,... read more

Growing up, Sophie carried a terrible secret. She was her fathers slave, in the most horrific ways imaginable. At just a few months old she was adopted by a couple that seemed comfortably off and perfectly respectable to the outside world. But behind closed doors, Sophies childhood was a living hell. Her father spent the next decade grooming her for abuse and when Sophies mother left for good,... read more

The Tibetan Art of Serenity: How to Heal Fear and Gain Contentment

Christopher Hansard

In the ancient Tibetan Bön tradition, the secret of serene, successful living is to have no fear. But in our demanding society, where stress is the norm, fearfulness can become a way of life. In this inspiring book, leading Tibetan Bön practitioner Christopher Hansard explains the 'twelve types of fear' believed by traditional teaching to affect our lives. He shares with us age-old techniques ... read more

In the ancient Tibetan Bön tradition, the secret of serene, successful living is to have no fear. But in our demanding society, where stress is the norm, fearfulness can become a way of life. In this inspiring book, leading Tibetan Bön practitioner Christopher Hansard explains the 'twelve types of fear' believed by traditional teaching to affect our lives. He shares with us age-old techniques ... read more

The Tibetan Art Of Positive Thinking: Skilful Thoughts for Successful Living

Christopher Hansard

Skilful thoughts for successful living. 2003 290pp

Skilful thoughts for successful living. 2003 290pp

Mummy, Make It Stop

Louise Fox

Louise's childhood was a living nightmare.Repeatedly sexually abused by her mother's out-of-control boyfriend, the little five year old was surrounded by evil.Louise was beaten with leather belts, starved and neglected, as the family suffered at the hands of both their mother and her partner.Finally, her tormentor was arrested. But her mother stood by him and Louise was dragged to prison visit... read more

Louise's childhood was a living nightmare.Repeatedly sexually abused by her mother's out-of-control boyfriend, the little five year old was surrounded by evil.Louise was beaten with leather belts, starved and neglected, as the family suffered at the hands of both their mother and her partner.Finally, her tormentor was arrested. But her mother stood by him and Louise was dragged to prison visit... read more

Not Without You

Alan Brogan

'That night I lay in my new bed and the pain came. I thought about Irene. I would find her again. I had to.'Alan and Irene first met in a cold, regimented children's home when he was seven and she was nine. Both had lost their mothers when they were very young. When a car drew up outside the Home, Alan was staring out of the window, and when he saw the little girl step out onto the pavement, h... read more

'That night I lay in my new bed and the pain came. I thought about Irene. I would find her again. I had to.'Alan and Irene first met in a cold, regimented children's home when he was seven and she was nine. Both had lost their mothers when they were very young. When a car drew up outside the Home, Alan was staring out of the window, and when he saw the little girl step out onto the pavement, h... read more

Not Alone

Jenny Tomlin

Jenny Tomlin suffered horrendous neglect and physical and sexual abuse throughout her childhood at the hands of her father. This harrowing story is told in the number one bestseller Behind Closed Doors and the heartrending follow-up, Silent Sisters. Jenny has campaigned on behalf of fellow victims of abuse for charities Barnardo's and Refuge and she is a passionate believer in the absolute nec... read more

Jenny Tomlin suffered horrendous neglect and physical and sexual abuse throughout her childhood at the hands of her father. This harrowing story is told in the number one bestseller Behind Closed Doors and the heartrending follow-up, Silent Sisters. Jenny has campaigned on behalf of fellow victims of abuse for charities Barnardo's and Refuge and she is a passionate believer in the absolute nec... read more

Silent Sisters

Jenny Tomlin

New with some thumbing wear, crack to spine, reflected in price. A profoundly courageous tale of strength of the human spirit and the redemptive power of love, as two girls escape the incredibly abusive house where they grew up. (bio)

New with some thumbing wear, crack to spine, reflected in price. A profoundly courageous tale of strength of the human spirit and the redemptive power of love, as two girls escape the incredibly abusive house where they grew up. (bio)

The Power of Three: Discovering What Really Matters in Life

Norman Drummond

Good things come in threes.All too often we end up tearing ourselves apart, losing our way: mind, body and spirit work against each other, rather than together. We know in our hearts that this is not how life should be. How has this happened? What is it in modern life that seems to make it so hard to live in balance between work and home, family and friends? Why is it so difficult to combine a... read more

Good things come in threes.All too often we end up tearing ourselves apart, losing our way: mind, body and spirit work against each other, rather than together. We know in our hearts that this is not how life should be. How has this happened? What is it in modern life that seems to make it so hard to live in balance between work and home, family and friends? Why is it so difficult to combine a... read more

The Spirit of Success: How to Connect Your Heart to Your Head in Work and Life

Norman Drummond

Who are you? Why are you living and working in the way that you are? What might you yet become and do with your life? The answer to these three fundamental questions lie at the heart of this revolutionary guide to changing the way we live and work. If we work with our heart as well as our head, we can get beyond simply functioning to realise our true potential. We will discover the things in l... read more

Who are you? Why are you living and working in the way that you are? What might you yet become and do with your life? The answer to these three fundamental questions lie at the heart of this revolutionary guide to changing the way we live and work. If we work with our heart as well as our head, we can get beyond simply functioning to realise our true potential. We will discover the things in l... read more

Step Back: Why you need to stop what you're doing to really start living

Norman Drummond

Norman Drummond Book 2 Hardback By Norman Drummond General Fiction

Norman Drummond Book 2 Hardback By Norman Drummond General Fiction

Behind Closed Doors

Jenny Tomlin

Behind Closed Doors Jenny was one of the five children, her childhood was spent in squalor and terror. Her father's violent beatings, humiliations, and sexual abuse were part of daily life. Deprived of love and comforts, the children would turn to each other for support. This is a childhood memoir of abuse and a true story of the triumph of the human spirit. Full description

Behind Closed Doors Jenny was one of the five children, her childhood was spent in squalor and terror. Her father's violent beatings, humiliations, and sexual abuse were part of daily life. Deprived of love and comforts, the children would turn to each other for support. This is a childhood memoir of abuse and a true story of the triumph of the human spirit. Full description

Behind the Laughter

Sherrie Hewson

Join Loose Women's Sherrie Hewson on her rollercoaster ride through the laughter, tears and tantrums of an extraordinary life lived on and off the screen.Sherrie Hewson is one of Britain's best loved telly stars. From her dazzling performances in the Carry On films to Russ Abbott's Madhouse, to her favourite character Maureen Holdsworth in Coronation Street to the green hills of Emmerdale, She... read more

Join Loose Women's Sherrie Hewson on her rollercoaster ride through the laughter, tears and tantrums of an extraordinary life lived on and off the screen.Sherrie Hewson is one of Britain's best loved telly stars. From her dazzling performances in the Carry On films to Russ Abbott's Madhouse, to her favourite character Maureen Holdsworth in Coronation Street to the green hills of Emmerdale, She... read more

Memoirs of a Fruitcake

Chris Evans

Memoirs of a Fruitcake Sunday Times Celebrity Book of the Year 2010 Full description

Memoirs of a Fruitcake Sunday Times Celebrity Book of the Year 2010 Full description

Jerry Hall: My Life in Pictures

Jerry Hall

Jerry Hall escaped from small-town Texas and was discovered on a St Tropez beach at the age of 16. Within a year she had appeared on the covers of magazines all over the world. A whirlwind life as a top model jetting from Paris to New York to London and all over the world was followed by a four-year affair with Bryan Ferry and then by 20 years married to Mick Jagger, travelling with the Rollin... read more

Jerry Hall escaped from small-town Texas and was discovered on a St Tropez beach at the age of 16. Within a year she had appeared on the covers of magazines all over the world. A whirlwind life as a top model jetting from Paris to New York to London and all over the world was followed by a four-year affair with Bryan Ferry and then by 20 years married to Mick Jagger, travelling with the Rollin... read more

Be Your Own Life Coach

Gypsy Boy on the Run

Mikey Walsh

Title: Gypsy Boy on the Run Binding: Paperback Author: Mikey Walsh Publisher: HODDER & STOUGHTON

Title: Gypsy Boy on the Run Binding: Paperback Author: Mikey Walsh Publisher: HODDER & STOUGHTON

North America: A World in One Continent

Huw Cordey

The North American continent stretches over 9.5 million square miles, and is home to more than 500 million people, who share it with hundreds of thousands of species of mammals, birds, insects, and plants--many of them extraordinary, unforgettable, and unique. With 150,000 miles of coastline, North America also has the longest and most abundant shores of any continent on Earth. In the stunning... read more

The North American continent stretches over 9.5 million square miles, and is home to more than 500 million people, who share it with hundreds of thousands of species of mammals, birds, insects, and plants--many of them extraordinary, unforgettable, and unique. With 150,000 miles of coastline, North America also has the longest and most abundant shores of any continent on Earth. In the stunning... read more

All of Me

Patsy Palmer

Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon

Julia Baird

Imagine This An extraordinarily moving and honest memoir by John Lennon's sister revealing for the first time the often painful and lonely childhood that was to have such reverberations for his and her own?life. Full description

Imagine This An extraordinarily moving and honest memoir by John Lennon's sister revealing for the first time the often painful and lonely childhood that was to have such reverberations for his and her own?life. Full description

John

Cynthia Lennon

HardCover. Pub the Date: April. 2006 Pages: 416 Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks Cynthia and John Lennon's relationship spanned ten crucial years of the the Beatles phenomenon But as well as new insight into the the Beatles years. Cynthia has a compelling personal story of marriage. motherhood and the man who was to become the most idolised and admired of all the Beatles.Cynthia is candid about th... read more

HardCover. Pub the Date: April. 2006 Pages: 416 Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks Cynthia and John Lennon's relationship spanned ten crucial years of the the Beatles phenomenon But as well as new insight into the the Beatles years. Cynthia has a compelling personal story of marriage. motherhood and the man who was to become the most idolised and admired of all the Beatles.Cynthia is candid about th... read more

Gypsy Boy

Mikey Walsh

Gypsy Boy Gypsy Boy is the first commercial memoir written by someone on the inside of the notoriously secretive culture of the Romany Gypsies. Full description

Gypsy Boy Gypsy Boy is the first commercial memoir written by someone on the inside of the notoriously secretive culture of the Romany Gypsies. Full description

Tales from a Young Vet

Tales from a Wild Vet: Paws, claws and furry encounters

Jo Hardy, Caro Handley

From African goats to blue wildebeest, and potty pigs to dippy donkeys, Jo Hardy, now a qualified vet, is about to take on the world, one animal at a time. Jo is determined to go where vets are desperately needed. Heading out first to the townships of South Africa, then to Uganda. Dealing with life-and-death decisions and much-loved family pets, here and abroad, including a giant French rabbit... read more

From African goats to blue wildebeest, and potty pigs to dippy donkeys, Jo Hardy, now a qualified vet, is about to take on the world, one animal at a time. Jo is determined to go where vets are desperately needed. Heading out first to the townships of South Africa, then to Uganda. Dealing with life-and-death decisions and much-loved family pets, here and abroad, including a giant French rabbit... read more

Confidence: The Secret

Katie Piper

Who doesn't want to know how to achieve real confidence - and who better to pass on the secrets than a woman who has overcome such gruelling physical and emotional hurdles, and emerged on the other side smiling? In 2008, Katie Piper survived a brutal rape and acid attack which left her severely burned and disfigured and changed her life for ever. Her previous books told the story of her long a... read more

Who doesn't want to know how to achieve real confidence - and who better to pass on the secrets than a woman who has overcome such gruelling physical and emotional hurdles, and emerged on the other side smiling? In 2008, Katie Piper survived a brutal rape and acid attack which left her severely burned and disfigured and changed her life for ever. Her previous books told the story of her long a... read more

Letting Go

Alex Hanscombe

The stunning and heartbreaking story of the young son of Rachel Nickell - who witnessed the brutal attack on his mother and whose childhood was shaped by the media storm that followed. A coming-of-age story that begins with a tragedy but ends in optimism, forgiveness and peace.On a beautiful July morning in 1992, just three weeks before his third birthday, Alex Hanscombe and his young mother, ... read more

The stunning and heartbreaking story of the young son of Rachel Nickell - who witnessed the brutal attack on his mother and whose childhood was shaped by the media storm that followed. A coming-of-age story that begins with a tragedy but ends in optimism, forgiveness and peace.On a beautiful July morning in 1992, just three weeks before his third birthday, Alex Hanscombe and his young mother, ... read more

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