Tom Watt

Tom Watt – Ghostwriter

Experienced ghostwriter, comfortable and discreet working both with high-profile public figures and on private legacy commissions.


30 + years of experience as as writer, editor and narrative consultant. All my published work has been grounded in research and then built around interviews. Ghostwriting is my passion, helping people tell their stories: sports stars, high achievers and one or two rascals. I can help at every stage from first idea through to publication. It's a really engaging, satisfying process: I do the research that allows me to structure our interviews, we talk so I can get at the unique story you have to tell, and then find your distinctive storyteller's voice so the book reads and feels like your own. It all starts with our first conversation!

Biographies & Memoirs
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Reach Publishing

Feb, 2020 — Apr, 2022 (about 2 years)

Ghostwriter for autobiography by Arsenal FC soccer legend and leading FA coach.


Feb, 2019 — Mar, 2021 (about 2 years)

Ghostwriter for autobiography of world leader in field of reproductive medicine. Privately published and sold as fundraiser for dementia research in Singapore


Feb, 2017 — Apr, 2019 (about 2 years)

Ghostwriter for Andrew Woodward's account of child sex abuse in professional soccer in the UK. Short-listed for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2018.


Feb, 2015 — Feb, 2017 (almost 2 years)

Ghostwriter for autobiography of Thomas Salme, an extraordinary man who flew commercial airliners for 13 years using false license and documents. Published in Italian translation as Pilota Abusivo.


Feb, 2012 — Jul, 2014 (over 2 years)

Ghostwriter for account of life and soccer in Brazil with international star Oscar, published to coincide with the 2014 FIFA World Cup


Jan, 2008 — Jun, 2010 (over 2 years)

Ghost writer and editor of 40 accounts of childhood by a selection of the world's greatest soccer players, including Lionel Messi. Published in translation worldwide and winner of Sportel Illustrated Book of the Year prize 2010


Dec, 2002 — Dec, 2004 (almost 2 years)

Ghostwriter on David Beckham's best-selling autobiography. Published worldwide in translation and in the USA as Both Feet On The Ground.


Jan, 1993 — Present

I provide the full range of ghostwriting services: proposal, development, research, interviewing, writing and marketing advice. I also specialise in oral history.


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