Cathryn Kemp

Cathryn Kemp – Ghostwriter

#1 Bestselling ghostwriter/author. 18 books, 5 in Sunday Times Top 10. Celeb/self-help/extraordinary lives/inspirational/addiction/trauma.


Sunday Times bestselling ghostwriter and author. Winner of the Big Red Read Prize for Non Fiction and previously written across the full spectrum of the British press. 18 titles to date, including five in the ST Bestseller Top 10 and #1 Amazon, Celebrity memoirs/true crime non fiction & fiction/nostalgia memoirs/animal rescue/inspirational/ spiritual/trauma/addiction and extraordinary lives memoirs. My career spans 15 years ghostwriting and 15 as a journalist.

Represented by London literary agency Graham Maw Christie, I have written memoirs for publishers Little,Brown/Hachette, Harper Collins Publishing, Harper Collins North, Mirror Books, Orion Publishing, Trapeze Publishing and Welbeck Publishing, as well as fiction for Transworld, Penguin Random House. Expect your story to be brought vividly to life by an experienced and passionate writer.

Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Inspirational Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction
English (UK)
  • The Big Red Read Prize for Non Fiction
  • The Peter Wilson Journalism Award
  • NCTJ Newspaper Journalism
  • MA European Fine Art
  • BA Fine Art

Work experience


Sep, 2022 — Present

Finishing my debut historical fiction novel (in my name!) - A Poisoner's Tale - published by Penguin Random House, July 11th 2024.


Mar, 2022 — Jun, 2022 (3 months)

Ghostwriter for a book that involves a unique insight into the drama, joy and suffering of a community in contemporary Britain.


Aug, 2021 — Aug, 2022 (12 months)

Ghostwriter - Our Daily Bread. Non fiction book by Fr Alex Frost, writing about poverty and Christianity in contemporary Britain.


Feb, 2020 — Jun, 2021 (over 1 year)

Ghostwriting two crime fiction titles. Bound by privacy clause.


Mar, 2019 — Dec, 2019 (9 months)

Ghostwriting true crime non fiction title. Bound by privacy clause.


Jul, 2018 — Oct, 2018 (3 months)

Ghostwriting a celebrity memoir. Bound by privacy clause.


Feb, 2017 — Aug, 2019 (over 2 years)

Ghostwriter of five inspirational/animal rescue memoirs.


A Poisoner's Tale

Cathryn Kemp

'They will forget that we are flesh-and-blood women who have lived, and who now die, at the mercy of those who judge us.'Palermo 1632: Giulia is thirteen years old when she learns her mother Teofania's greatest secret. Her mother knows how to brew an undetecta... read more
A warmly funny, intensely moving and startlingly personal account of the lives of an urban parish priest and his parishioners. Father Alex Frost was not always a man of the cloth. He found his calling while running an Argos store in his native Burnley, moonlig... read more

Cathryn has 3 reviews





Simon H.

Simon H.

Nov, 2023

Cathryn is very capable, diligent as well as kind! She's made a real difference to my project and I'm really grateful. She's also come up with some really good ideas both in terms of content and style. I would recommend her without hesitation
Cathryn K.
Simon is a charming and affable author with clear vision for his project, The CALM Method. It was a pleasure working with Simon, and I wish him every success for his book. I have no hesitation reco...
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Sandra C.

Sandra C.

Aug, 2022

Cathryn is a very competent and professional editor. I asked for her support to help me edit my first non-fiction book and I benefited greatly from her experience. She did a thorough work and most importantly, helped me to make my book clear, practical and enjoyable for the readers.
Cathryn K.
Thank you, Sandra. It was a huge honour to work on your timely and important book, Thriving Through Purpose. I wish you every success, and look forward to seeing your work in print!
Mary Kay S.

Mary Kay S.

Jul, 2022

Ms. Kemp is a rare jewel. I have been working with her for a while now and I am astonished at how she can hear my voice. She is reworking and restructuring my draft and offering so much valuable input. I am excited to see our end product! Through the months, Ms. Kemp has been encouraging when I was stuck and effectively constructive and instructive. I could not do this without her. Her fee is ...
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Cathryn K.
Mary Kay has been an absolute pleasure to work with. It has been an honour to help this talented author bring her work to the world. Despite being in different countries, the communication between ...
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