Joanne Lake

Joanne Lake - Ghostwriter

Manchester, UK

Sunday Times-bestselling ghostwriter. Thousands of 5-star Amazon reviews. Bringing people's stories to life is my pleasure and my privilege

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A dedicated ghostwriter for over ten years, I now have three Sunday Times bestsellers under my belt (a professional footballer, a Member of Parliament and a sporting legend's partner!). My writing style marries a mission to inform with a desire to entertain; I pride myself in providing clear, concise and flowing prose enlivened with drama and emotion.

My passion is bringing people’s stories to life – I see it as both a pleasure and a privilege – and I'm constantly on the lookout for interesting characters with inspiring tales to tell. I particularly enjoy working with individuals from the world of sport, business, politics and entertainment, and do my utmost to ensure that the collaborative writing process is fun and fulfilling for both parties.

I kicked off my ghostwriting career in 2011 with I'M NOT REALLY HERE – the bittersweet story of a brilliant young footballer whose career was cut short by injury – which was awarded Book of the Year by FourFourTwo magazine, was shortlisted for Football Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards and spent six weeks on the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Since the success of my first book, I have tackled a wide variety of commercially published memoirs. In summer 2016 I collaborated with ex-World Cup and Premier League referee Howard Webb (his autobiography – THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE – was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2016) and, the year later, I worked with former Manchester City footballer David White on his own memoir, SHADES OF BLUE, which was published by Michael O'Mara in February 2017.

In 2018 I co-wrote MOLLY & ME, the incredible story of the UK's top pet detective, Colin Butcher, and his amazing scent detection dog, Molly. The memoir was published by Michael Joseph/Penguin in the UK and Pan Macmillan in the USA, and rights were also sold throughout Europe.

I subsequently worked with Tom Watson MP, deputy leader of the Labour Party. His memoir, DOWNSIZING, detailed his incredible weight-loss journey which saw him shedding eight stone in two years, and putting his type 2 diabetes into remission. Published by Kyle Books, the book was released in January 2020 and went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller list.

I have also collaborated with Paris Fury on LOVE & FURY, a memoir detailing her rollercoaster life with her world champion boxer husband, Tyson Fury, which was published by Hodder & Stoughton in October 2021. It became an instant Sunday Times bestseller, entering the chart at number six and attracting rave reviews on Amazon.

In addition to the above-mentioned titles, I've worked on a number of private commissions for individual clients with inspiring tales to tell. Writing a memoir may seem like a daunting prospect without the necessary time, energy or ability but – with my help and expertise – these clients have been able to chronicle their stories, capture their memories and cement their legacy.

As an established, bestselling ghostwriter who’s collaborated with high profile clients and top-flight publishers, I can guarantee an exceptional standard of work. With that in mind, I welcome serious and genuine enquiries that ideally incorporate a clear financial plan.

English (UK)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Political Science & Current Affairs
Sports & Outdoors


  • Member of The Society of Authors

Work experience


June, 2010 – Present (about 12 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)


Tom Watson, Tom Watson, Kyle Books

Love and Fury: The Magic and Mayhem of Life with Tyson

Paris Fury, Paris Fury, Reanne Farley, Hodder & Stoughton

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