Jo Monroe

Jo Monroe – Ghostwriter

Bestselling ghostwriter of celebrity memoirs and crime fiction. Clients include Duncan Bannatyne, Sir Steve Redgrave and Bear Grylls.


I help remarkable people tell amazing stories.

As one of the UK’s most established ghostwriters, I help incredible people tell amazing stories. I’ve worked with Dragons, Olympians and the most famous adventurer in the world to write bestselling books. I have spent thirty years in publishing working both as a journalist and editor for Time Out, TV Times, The Guardian and The Observer and have written over 40 books on a wide range of subjects from dotcoms, to curry to soap operas. I have also ghostwritten a chart topping crime fiction series.

With clients ranging from business leaders, to survivalists to a stripper, I’ve proven I can write in almost any style, and capture any voice. I’ve written memoirs, how-to manuals, business books and page-turning thrillers.

I’m always interested to hear from people with stories to tell (you don’t have to be famous) so please do get in touch and tell me about your book. Whether you need help with a pitch to publishers, a book doctor for an existing project or someone to take you through every step of the ghosting journey, let's start a conversation. Most collaborations start with a coffee (or a Zoom) to see if we get along well enough to work closely together for several months.
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Entertainment
Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
English (UK)

Work experience


Jul, 2005 — Present

I have worked full time as a ghostwriter since 2005 when I collaborated with the entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne on his autobiography. When that became a bestseller, I was asked to ghost the memoirs of other business leaders, and over the years my list of clients has diversified to include sports stars, adventurers and even a stripper.

I have also written commercial non-fiction under my own name on subjects as diverse as dotcoms, curry and allotments.


Immerse yourself in the glamour of 1930s HollywoodWhile war simmers in Europe, Los Angeles swelters under a heatwave. Private Investigator Spencer McCoy is called to Beverly Hills and asked to find priceless jewelry stolen from MGM’s new leading lady, Hedy Lam... read more
Immerse yourself in the glamorous world of 1930s Hollywood with these classic detective novelsFading movie star Elisabeth Clay had been hoping to adopt a baby from a Los Angeles orphanage. But when she returns to Hollywood after filming on location, she discov... read more
Escape to the glamorous world of 1930s Tinseltown with The Hollywood DetectiveHollywood 1939. Promising starlet, Clara Lockhart, disappears from a glittering party in Beverly Hills the night before her first big audition.Worried Clara's disappearance may prove... read more
One man wants to buy the presidency. One woman stands in his way.A shadowy UK-based group has been trying to hack the US elections. When Special Agent Ingrid Skyberg is assigned to find out who’s funding the hackers, she finds herself up against an invisible e... read more
The fifth adventure in Eva Hudson’s enormously popular Ingrid Skyberg Mystery series Stockholm is under siege. A bomb has gone off, several high profile people have been kidnapped and the city is on lockdown. Unfortunately for Special Agent Ingrid Skyberg, eve... read more
The fourth adventure in Eva Hudson’s enormously popular Ingrid Skyberg Mystery seriesA teenage girl disappears after witnessing a gangland murder in Chicago. Nine months later and heavily pregnant she arrives in England… only to disappear again.Special Agent I... read more
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With this book you can turn a good idea into a profitable e-business. It can help you not dread a letter from the Inland Revenue and give you the basics in running a small business from book keeping to registering a limited company.1) THE IDEA How to work out ... read more
'Both a practical manual and a magical story that lifts the spirit.' Jonathan DimblebyThe Perfect Plotpaints a vivid picture of how to start an allotment from scratch. Told through the inspirational story of the Cornworthy site, it is a perfect guide for begin... read more
Forget the hype and the sexy headlines, this is where you’ll make your fortune.In this revealing new book Jamie Waller, entrepreneur and self-made multi-millionaire, shows how you don’t need to come up with some amazing new invention or app or raise millions t... read more
Made the wrong career choice? Entering the job market for the first time? Returning to work after some time out? Brilliant Career Finder provides a solid and practical seven step pathway to working out what you want from work and what you are good at and then ... read more
The world-famous adventurer reveals a lifetime of wisdom and lessons learned from the planet's wildest placesLife in the outdoors teaches us invaluable lessons. Encountering the wild forces us to plan and execute goals, face danger, push our "limits," and shar... read more
***Shortlisted for the Great Outdoors Book of the Year*** Surviving in the wild takes a great deal of strength. Often faced with frozen tundra, sweltering deserts, humid jungles, perilous mountains and fast-flowing rivers, Megan Hine is no stranger to perilous... read more
Bestselling business author and star of BBC TV's Dragons' Den, Duncan Bannatyne is back with a brand new book. 37 Questions covers all the essential queries business managers and entrepreneurs should be able to ask themselves and answer honestly, but so often ... read more
43 MISTAKES is Duncan Bannatyne's guide to the common traps people in business fall into, and how to stay out of them.Imagine you had your very own personal business adviser, who could give you the benefit of their expertise and help you avoid making costly, e... read more
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Duncan Bannatyne reveals how to set up a business and make it a great success. Having started out with ice cream van, he knows exactly how it can be done - and how to avoid the pitfalls along the way.In a series of clear and easy-to-follow chapters, Duncan rem... read more
Can money buy you happiness?A few years ago Duncan Bannatyne might have said so. He was happily married and his businesses were thriving. Life was good. He couldn't have known that a storm was brewing on the horizon and that he would soon face immense personal... read more
How did the curry get here and how did the Brits, a nation famed for a love of bland food, end up with Chicken Tikka Masala as their favourite dish? It is a history that took curry, via the British Empire, from its Eastern origins, around the globe. This book ... read more