Caro Handley

Caro Handley – Ghostwriter

I have ghosted over 60 books, many of them bestsellers, for major publishers as well as private commissions.

Overview

I have ghosted and edited over 60 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
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Health & Wellbeing Parenting & Families Political Science & Current Affairs Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (SA) English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
  • Diploma in Psychotherapy
  • Degree in Politics and Philosophy

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 1989 — Present

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

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, forg... 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 ... 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 Af... read more
Tales from a Young Vet
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
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... read more
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
All of Me

Patsy Palmer

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.... read more
Title: Gypsy Boy on the Run Binding: Paperback Author: Mikey Walsh Publisher: HODDER & STOUGHTON
Be Your Own Life Coach
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 ov... read more
Memoirs of a Fruitcake Sunday Times Celebrity Book of the Year 2010 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 ... read more
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 f... read more
Norman Drummond Book 2 Hardback By Norman Drummond General Fiction
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 ... 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 mod... 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)
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 ... 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... 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 b... read more
Skilful thoughts for successful living. 2003 290pp
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... 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 do... 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 i... read more
Good condition. Shipped from the U.K. All orders received before 3pm sent that weekday.
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 ... 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'... 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... read more

Caro has 2 reviews

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Christine H.

Christine H.

Aug, 2023

I hired Caro to help me write my autobiography. Working with her was such a pleasure. Caro's peaceful nature made it easy to share my life’s secrets with her. She has a high level of integrity, which is almost unheard of nowadays. I am delighted with the results I achieved working with her. Caro conducted herself professionally and with empathy throughout my project. She’s a wonderful person, a...
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Caro H.
Thank you so much Christine, it was a great pleasure working with you.
Larry F.

Larry F.

May, 2022

Out of all the offers I received for Ghost writing , I knew Caro was the one for me. When I asked what her vision for my book was , and how she wanted to approach it , her response nailed it for me. From her response you just knew she was a seasoned veteran. She did not prove me wrong. She is a professional through and through. We had great collaboration on this project. There where times that ...
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Caro H.
Thank you so much for your generous comments Larry, it was a real pleasure working with you. Caro

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