Lucy Benyon

Lucy Benyon - Editor

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

I am a non-fiction copy editor and ghostwriter. My specialisms are history, health, wellbeing and nutrition.

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Overview

After more than 20 years in journalism, I know the importance of accuracy, style and making every word count.
I don't make changes unless they're necessary, but I have a strong radar for poor chronology, factual inaccuracy, legal issues and waffle.

Authors like working with me as I am calm but fastidious and refreshingly low maintenance. One author I have collaborated with on seven different manuscripts described me in the acknowledgements of her latest book as 'a fierce and fabulous editor'.

Most of the titles I have worked on have been on behalf of non-fiction publisher Pen & Sword.

As a former real life journalist, I am also keen to edit and ghost emotive memoirs and first person stories and I have a strong interest in mental health and psychology.

My current specialisms are history, for which I have a life-long passion, and health. I have been a health journalist for more than a decade (Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express) and in that time, I have covered just about everything from asthma to ADHD, and I am used turning complex clinical information into an engaging and accessible read.
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Inspirational
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences
History

Certifications

  • NCTJ Certificate in Newspaper Journalism

Work experience

Copy Editor & Ghostwriter

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

Since working as an editor, I have so far completed the following titles:

Hitler's Nordic Ally by Claes Johansen (2016)
The Disappearance of Maria Glenn by Naomi Clifford (2016)
Life in the Georgian Court by Catherine Curzon (2016)
Kings of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon (2017)
A Fox Crossed My Path by Monica Suswin (2017)
Childhood Death in Victorian England by Sarah Seaton (2017)
Echoes of the Merseyside Blitz by Neil Holmes (2018)
Superfoods by Julie Neville (2018)
Baking without Sugar by Sophie Michell (2018)
Gut Health Probiotics by Jenny Tschiesche (2018)
Scandals of George III's court - Catherine Curzon (2018)
Queens of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon (2018)
Sophia: Mother of Kings by Catherine Curzon (2019)
Gut Yourself Well (2019) - ghostwritten for a leading practitioner.

Freelance journalist & content creator

Herts Editorial
January, 2007 – Present (almost 13 years)

Aside from my work as an editor and ghostwriter, I am a national newspaper and magazine journalist, specialising in health, celebrity interviews and real life. I currently contribute to The Daily Mail, The Daily Express & The Telegraph.
I also provide health content for several clinics and medical device companies.

Commissioning Editor

Daily Express
November, 2004 – February, 2007 (over 2 years)

Working on the women's desk of The Daily Express, I was responsible for commissioning articles from freelance journalists; sourcing exclusives myself and editing contributors' copy.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Gut Well Soon: A Practical Guide to a Healthier Body and a Happier Mind

Catherine Rogers

'A jargon-free guide, written by a mother-of-three, to all things gut health, drawing on cutting-edge research from Oxford University PhD researchers and the practical advice of health professionals.' The Mail on Sunday.Gut Well Soon navigates the turbulent waters of health and wellness in the 21st century. It explores the science underpinning the health claims and misconceptions we have all h... read more

'A jargon-free guide, written by a mother-of-three, to all things gut health, drawing on cutting-edge research from Oxford University PhD researchers and the practical advice of health professionals.' The Mail on Sunday.Gut Well Soon navigates the turbulent waters of health and wellness in the 21st century. It explores the science underpinning the health claims and misconceptions we have all h... read more

Life in the Georgian Court

Catherine Curzon

As the glittering Hanoverian court gives birth to the British Georgian era, a golden age of royalty dawns in Europe. Houses rise and fall, births, marriages and scandals change the course of history and in France, Revolution stalks the land. Peep behind the shutters of the opulent court of the doomed Bourbons, the absolutist powerhouse of Romanov Russia and the epoch-defining family whose king... read more

As the glittering Hanoverian court gives birth to the British Georgian era, a golden age of royalty dawns in Europe. Houses rise and fall, births, marriages and scandals change the course of history and in France, Revolution stalks the land. Peep behind the shutters of the opulent court of the doomed Bourbons, the absolutist powerhouse of Romanov Russia and the epoch-defining family whose king... read more

Hitler’s Nordic Ally?: Finland and the Total War 1939 - 1945

Claes Johansen

Finland was the only nation with an elected and democratic government to fight on the German side in WWII. Despite being small, poorly armed and made up of conscripts, the Finnish army was probably the most effective fighting force at the time, managing with practically no outside help to keep the mighty Red Army at bay for more than three months during the Winter War of 1939-40. In 1944, the ... read more

Finland was the only nation with an elected and democratic government to fight on the German side in WWII. Despite being small, poorly armed and made up of conscripts, the Finnish army was probably the most effective fighting force at the time, managing with practically no outside help to keep the mighty Red Army at bay for more than three months during the Winter War of 1939-40. In 1944, the ... read more

Gut Health & Probiotics: The Science Behind the Hype

Jenny Tschiesche

From one of the world’s leading nutrition experts, a simplified explanation of probiotics and what they can do for and to the human body. Despite the fact that people use the term probiotics a lot in the media as well as in everyday life, there appears to be some confusion as to whether probiotics are something that occur naturally in a healthy human gut or “biome,” something that is added to ... read more

From one of the world’s leading nutrition experts, a simplified explanation of probiotics and what they can do for and to the human body. Despite the fact that people use the term probiotics a lot in the media as well as in everyday life, there appears to be some confusion as to whether probiotics are something that occur naturally in a healthy human gut or “biome,” something that is added to ... read more

Queens of Georgian Britain

Catherine Curzon

An account of four royal women that’s “as inherently fascinating as it is exceptionally informative . . . an extraordinary read from beginning to end” (Midwest Book Review). Once upon a time there were four kings called George who, thanks to a quirk of fate, ruled Great Britain for over a century. Hailing from Germany, these occasionally mad, bad, and infamous sovereigns presided over a land i... read more

An account of four royal women that’s “as inherently fascinating as it is exceptionally informative . . . an extraordinary read from beginning to end” (Midwest Book Review). Once upon a time there were four kings called George who, thanks to a quirk of fate, ruled Great Britain for over a century. Hailing from Germany, these occasionally mad, bad, and infamous sovereigns presided over a land i... read more

Childhood and Death in Victorian England

Sarah Seaton

In this fascinating book, the reader is taken on a journey of real life accounts of Victorian children, how they lived, worked, played and ultimately died. Many of these stories have remained hidden for over 100 years. They are now unearthed to reveal the hardship and cruel conditions experienced by many youngsters, such as a traveling fair child, an apprentice at sea and a trapper. The lives ... read more

In this fascinating book, the reader is taken on a journey of real life accounts of Victorian children, how they lived, worked, played and ultimately died. Many of these stories have remained hidden for over 100 years. They are now unearthed to reveal the hardship and cruel conditions experienced by many youngsters, such as a traveling fair child, an apprentice at sea and a trapper. The lives ... read more

The Disappearance of Maria Glenn: A True Life Regency Mystery

Naomi Clifford

Taunton, 1817. What seems a simple newspaper report of “elopement gone wrong” turns out to be a rollercoaster story of crime, coercion, illusory triumph and fraudulent defeat. Barrister George Tuckett wakes to discover that his 16-year-old niece Maria Glenn, reputedly the heiress to West Indian sugar plantations, is missing. He discovers that she has been abducted by the Bowditches, a local fa... read more

Taunton, 1817. What seems a simple newspaper report of “elopement gone wrong” turns out to be a rollercoaster story of crime, coercion, illusory triumph and fraudulent defeat. Barrister George Tuckett wakes to discover that his 16-year-old niece Maria Glenn, reputedly the heiress to West Indian sugar plantations, is missing. He discovers that she has been abducted by the Bowditches, a local fa... read more

Kings of Georgian Britain

Catherine Curzon

This royal historian’s “lively study of the four Georges who sat on the English throne for over a century is a joy” (Jane Austen’s Regency World). For over one hundred years of turmoil, upheaval, and scandal, Great Britain was a Georgian land. From the day the German-speaking George I stepped off the boat from Hanover to the night that George IV, bloated and diseased, breathed his last at Wind... read more

This royal historian’s “lively study of the four Georges who sat on the English throne for over a century is a joy” (Jane Austen’s Regency World). For over one hundred years of turmoil, upheaval, and scandal, Great Britain was a Georgian land. From the day the German-speaking George I stepped off the boat from Hanover to the night that George IV, bloated and diseased, breathed his last at Wind... read more

Echoes of the Merseyside Blitz (Echoes of the Blitz)

Neil Holmes

Merseyside has a long and varied history, one which its sons and daughters are justifiably proud. It has come through many struggles, but perhaps its darkest hour was the air raids that were launched against it in 1940 and 1941\. Around 4,000 people lost their lives and many prominent buildings and houses were destroyed or damaged beyond repair. All of this occurred in the space of just 18 mon... read more

Merseyside has a long and varied history, one which its sons and daughters are justifiably proud. It has come through many struggles, but perhaps its darkest hour was the air raids that were launched against it in 1940 and 1941\. Around 4,000 people lost their lives and many prominent buildings and houses were destroyed or damaged beyond repair. All of this occurred in the space of just 18 mon... read more

Superfoods: How to Make Them Work for You

Julie Neville

Everyone deserves a balanced and organic diet, for good nutrition and the right remedies can really make a difference. Superfoods explores the exceptional results certain foods can have for your general health, from fighting off the signs of aging to preventing cancer.Discover a wide array of fruits, vegetables, grains and more, all with their own bedazzling health benefits - free from chemica... read more

Everyone deserves a balanced and organic diet, for good nutrition and the right remedies can really make a difference. Superfoods explores the exceptional results certain foods can have for your general health, from fighting off the signs of aging to preventing cancer.Discover a wide array of fruits, vegetables, grains and more, all with their own bedazzling health benefits - free from chemica... read more

Baking without Sugar

Sophie Michell

From an award-winning UK chef, author and Iron Chef guest judge, comes a sugar-free baking guide to satisfy any sweet tooth—includes photos. For food lovers looking to avoid sugar—whether for preference, health needs, or because of an intolerance—giving up desserts and beloved baked treats may seem like a sad necessity. And for people living with diabetes, even natural sugars like honey, dates... read more

From an award-winning UK chef, author and Iron Chef guest judge, comes a sugar-free baking guide to satisfy any sweet tooth—includes photos. For food lovers looking to avoid sugar—whether for preference, health needs, or because of an intolerance—giving up desserts and beloved baked treats may seem like a sad necessity. And for people living with diabetes, even natural sugars like honey, dates... read more

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