Garth Cartwright

Garth Cartwright - Ghostwriter

London, UK

London-based Kiwi writer with huge experience across arts, travel, society, architecture, food, children et al. Never missed a deadline!

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Overview

I'm a freelance journalist, author, copywriter, researcher and editor. I've worked for magazines, newspapers, websites and book publishers across the globe. My writing divides almost 50/50 between personal projects -where I seek out specific topics I feel passionate about- and being a hired gun who takes on projects for others. I approach both with the same rigorous discipline and commitment to delivering the best possible finished work. For any ghost writing projects I endeavour to work with the author so to ensure their voice comes through clearly. I'm a good listener and a stickler for detail so will ensure that the finished work is their story as they want it told - not their story as reported by a journalist. Note: as someone who reads constantly I will offer my objective analysis of what I think works best but, as its your book that I'm working on, you have the final say - if my suggestions aren't what you want then I won't throw a hissy fit. Instead, I'll do my best to write the book that you want written. I'm polite, prompt and open minded - if you are too then let's work together!
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Humanities & Social Sciences
Art
History
Music
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
Entertainment
Travel

Certifications

  • Bachelor Of Arts

Awards

  • Qantas Journalist Awards - Best Young Journalist, Best Sports Feature, Guardian Award For Music Writing

Work experience

Writer

Self-employed
April, 1996 – Present (over 23 years)

I'm a New Zealand born, long time London based freelance journalist and author. I've worked for all leading UK newspapers and magazines, the BBC and many publishers and record labels. Enthusiasm, brevity and wit are my trademarks. I'm happy to tackle writing in all areas and never miss a deadline.

Writer

Self-employed
March, 1985 – Present (over 34 years)

I'm a New Zealand born, long time London based freelance journalist and author.

I've worked as a writer since my late teens - and full time since finishing university. I'm the author of four non-fiction books and have contributed to dozens of other titles for the likes of Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Time Out, Voyageur and such. And I'm always writing journalism and research projects (for local government, music industry, arts and sporting organisations) and helping others with their writing - whether its a press release, a speech, a document that needs to be in straightforward English or books. I've edited all kinds of material and written much more.

I've worked for all leading UK newspapers and magazines, the BBC and many publishers and record labels. Enthusiasm, brevity and wit are my trademarks. I'm happy to tackle writing in all areas and never miss a deadline.

What I bring to any editing or ghost writing project I'm hired to work on is rigorous focus on ensuring the text is as readable and engaging as possible.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

SWEET AS: Journeys In A New Zealand Summer

Garth Cartwright

Twenty years after leaving New Zealand Garth Cartwright returned. By now an award-winning journalist and celebrated chronicler of Europe's Romany Gypsy people and those found along the USA's lost highways, Garth attempts to travel NZ and apply his deft touch to his native land. Determined to enjoy a Kiwi summer, reflect on old ghosts and see what magic still exists in NZ, he takes to State Hig... read more

Twenty years after leaving New Zealand Garth Cartwright returned. By now an award-winning journalist and celebrated chronicler of Europe's Romany Gypsy people and those found along the USA's lost highways, Garth attempts to travel NZ and apply his deft touch to his native land. Determined to enjoy a Kiwi summer, reflect on old ghosts and see what magic still exists in NZ, he takes to State Hig... read more

Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History

Here is the illustrated history of Miles Davis, the world's most popular jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and musical visionary. Davis is one of the most innovative, influential, and respected figures in the history of music.He's been at the forefront of bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion, and remains the favorite and best-selling jazz artist ever, beloved worldw... read more

Here is the illustrated history of Miles Davis, the world's most popular jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and musical visionary. Davis is one of the most innovative, influential, and respected figures in the history of music.He's been at the forefront of bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion, and remains the favorite and best-selling jazz artist ever, beloved worldw... read more

More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music

Garth Cartwright

Takes you on a journey through the backwoods of American music. This book sets out to see whether the American roots music that the author loved - blues and country, folk and soul - was still alive in the twenty-first century.

Takes you on a journey through the backwoods of American music. This book sets out to see whether the American roots music that the author loved - blues and country, folk and soul - was still alive in the twenty-first century.

Princes Amongst Men: Journeys with Gypsy Musicians

Garth Cartwright

Weaving historical fact, mythic tales and contemporary voices, this work recounts a Balkan odyssey in search of the secret history and culture of Europe's greatest musicians - the Roma Gypsies.

Weaving historical fact, mythic tales and contemporary voices, this work recounts a Balkan odyssey in search of the secret history and culture of Europe's greatest musicians - the Roma Gypsies.

AGILE MOBILE HOSTILE

GARTH CARTWRIGHT

Agile Mobile Hostile is the first in a series of thrillers focused upon Jesse Amaru and his adventures in different trouble spots across the globe. Agile Mobile Hostile begins with Jesse Amaru, a former American radical now working as a school teacher on the Navajo Nation, forced to work for the CIA (or go to Guantanamo). CIA operative Ray Neal sends Jesse into southern Afghanistan in search o... read more

Agile Mobile Hostile is the first in a series of thrillers focused upon Jesse Amaru and his adventures in different trouble spots across the globe. Agile Mobile Hostile begins with Jesse Amaru, a former American radical now working as a school teacher on the Navajo Nation, forced to work for the CIA (or go to Guantanamo). CIA operative Ray Neal sends Jesse into southern Afghanistan in search o... read more

Epic Drives of the World (Lonely Planet)

Lonely Planet

Buckle up for the next installment in our 'Epic' series and the follow-up to Epic Bike Rides of the World. Epic Drives of the World, a beautiful hardback, showcases 50 of the greatest road trips on Earth, from classic routes in America, Australia and Europe, to incredible adventures in Asia and Africa. Organised by continent, each route features a first-hand account, awe-inspiring photographs,... read more

Buckle up for the next installment in our 'Epic' series and the follow-up to Epic Bike Rides of the World. Epic Drives of the World, a beautiful hardback, showcases 50 of the greatest road trips on Earth, from classic routes in America, Australia and Europe, to incredible adventures in Asia and Africa. Organised by continent, each route features a first-hand account, awe-inspiring photographs,... read more

The Rough Guide to World Music : Volume 1 (Rough Guide Reference)

Rough Guides

The Rough Guide to World Music is the unchallenged reference work on sounds from around the globe. This third edition is more comprehensive than ever - updated and expanded throughout and with a number of new countries added. Volume 1: Africa & Middle East has full coverage of genres from Afrobeat to Arabesque, and artists from Amadou & Mariam to Umm Kulthum. The book includes articles on more... read more

The Rough Guide to World Music is the unchallenged reference work on sounds from around the globe. This third edition is more comprehensive than ever - updated and expanded throughout and with a number of new countries added. Volume 1: Africa & Middle East has full coverage of genres from Afrobeat to Arabesque, and artists from Amadou & Mariam to Umm Kulthum. The book includes articles on more... read more

The Rough Guide to World Music: Europe, Asia and Pacific (Rough Guide Music Reference)

Rough Guides

The Rough Guide to World Music Book. The Rough Guide to World Music: Europe, Asia & Pacific is the unchallenged work on sounds from those regions. This third edition is even more comprehensive than ever+updated, expanded, and now including new chapters on Bangladesh, Burma, Corsica, French c

The Rough Guide to World Music Book. The Rough Guide to World Music: Europe, Asia & Pacific is the unchallenged work on sounds from those regions. This third edition is even more comprehensive than ever+updated, expanded, and now including new chapters on Bangladesh, Burma, Corsica, French c

You Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in all of us (Lonely Planet)

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher You Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in All of Us is not just another bucketlist of big-ticket items. We've all heard about Venice and, yes, it is probably worth going to Italy to see its waterways, but hopefully you'll take away something more from this book: a resolve to live life to the fullest--to add a das... read more

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher You Only Live Once: A Lifetime of Experiences for the Explorer in All of Us is not just another bucketlist of big-ticket items. We've all heard about Venice and, yes, it is probably worth going to Italy to see its waterways, but hopefully you'll take away something more from this book: a resolve to live life to the fullest--to add a das... read more

Time Out Morocco: Perfect Places to Stay, Eat and Explore (Time Out Guides)

Editors of Time Out

Time Out Morocco takes readers to 20 of the most alluring destinations in this underexplored jewel of a country. All the major cities are included, plus bijou small towns, spectacular beaches, dramatic desert landscapes, and breathtaking mountain trails. For urban-minded travelers, the book offers pithy profiles of Casablanca's nightlife, while outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy exotic locales lik... read more

Time Out Morocco takes readers to 20 of the most alluring destinations in this underexplored jewel of a country. All the major cities are included, plus bijou small towns, spectacular beaches, dramatic desert landscapes, and breathtaking mountain trails. For urban-minded travelers, the book offers pithy profiles of Casablanca's nightlife, while outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy exotic locales lik... read more

Great Escapes: Experience the World at Your Leisure (Lonely Planet)

Lonely Planet

THE PERFECT GETAWAY Beach paradises. Luxury hideaways. Cultural thrills. This showcase of the world's most enjoyable escapes celebrates the sheer pleasure of travel. Take time out to indulge in romantic getaways, culinary adventures, musical journeys and family holidays. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

THE PERFECT GETAWAY Beach paradises. Luxury hideaways. Cultural thrills. This showcase of the world's most enjoyable escapes celebrates the sheer pleasure of travel. Take time out to indulge in romantic getaways, culinary adventures, musical journeys and family holidays. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History

Here is the illustrated history of Miles Davis, the world’s most popular jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and musical visionary. Davis is one of the most innovative, influential, and respected figures in the history of music. He’s been at the forefront of bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion, and remains the favorite and best-selling jazz artist ever, beloved world... read more

Here is the illustrated history of Miles Davis, the world’s most popular jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and musical visionary. Davis is one of the most innovative, influential, and respected figures in the history of music. He’s been at the forefront of bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz-rock fusion, and remains the favorite and best-selling jazz artist ever, beloved world... read more

Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time

Jon Bream

They were the heaviest band ever, creating the blueprint for an entire musical genre and becoming a touchstone for an entire generation and their children. Now, to celebrate their fortieth anniversary and December 2007 reunion, here’s the first-ever complete illustrated history of Led Zeppelin. This all-star tribute to one of the biggest rock ’n’ roll bands of all time features many of today’s... read more

They were the heaviest band ever, creating the blueprint for an entire musical genre and becoming a touchstone for an entire generation and their children. Now, to celebrate their fortieth anniversary and December 2007 reunion, here’s the first-ever complete illustrated history of Led Zeppelin. This all-star tribute to one of the biggest rock ’n’ roll bands of all time features many of today’s... read more

Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History

Michael Dregni

It was the twang heard 'round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock ’n’ roll and ruling the world. Here’s the story of Elvis Presley’s first Sun records that inspired all. And here’s Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955–19... read more

It was the twang heard 'round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock ’n’ roll and ruling the world. Here’s the story of Elvis Presley’s first Sun records that inspired all. And here’s Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955–19... read more

AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History

Phil Sutcliffe

Formed in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, AC/DC has become one of the most popular rock ’n’ roll bands in history. This massive new title follows the band from its roots in Sydney, Australia, to its most recent releases and sold-out world tours. No stone is left unturned, from the AC/DC’s formation and early club gigs to its astounding worldwide success. A special cover incorporating... read more

Formed in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, AC/DC has become one of the most popular rock ’n’ roll bands in history. This massive new title follows the band from its roots in Sydney, Australia, to its most recent releases and sold-out world tours. No stone is left unturned, from the AC/DC’s formation and early club gigs to its astounding worldwide success. A special cover incorporating... read more

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