GHOST STO­RIES The writ­ers be­hind the celebrity me­moirs – and their other books

Loved that novel by a celebrity? Now read a book by the per­son who ac­tu­ally wrote it

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Celebri­ties are known for be­ing some of the busiest peo­ple on the planet, yet some­how th­ese show­biz troupers still have time to fit in writ­ing a best­seller. The se­cret: a ghost­writer, a some­times in­vis­i­ble word­smith who can craft the most scin­til­lat­ing prose out of even the most mono­syl­labic of sub­jects. This month, as we wel­come Cara Delev­ingne’s and Rio Fer­di­nand’s books to our bed­side ta­bles, we un­veil not only the peo­ple who helped write them, but the other ti­tles they’ve put their names to.

THE THRILLER

Cara Delev­ingne / Rowan Cole­man The Book Mir­ror, Mir­ror* De­scribed as a ‘col­lab­o­ra­tion’ be­tween the model/ac­tress and her favourite au­thor, Mir­ror, Mir­ror fol­lows a group of 16-year-olds who are in a band to­gether. All is well, un­til one of them dies in mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances. Im­pres­sive, with an ab­so­lute knock­out twist.

Liked that? Now read…

The Mem­ory Book by Rowan

Cole­man See Cole­man’s real prose in ac­tion in this gen­uine tear-jerker of a novel about a young woman who is di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia and whose hus­band gives her a notebook to record her mem­o­ries for her chil­dren. As dev­as­tat­ing to read now as it was when it was pub­lished back in 2014. Pack­ing tis­sues: ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial.

THE MEM­OIR

Rio Fer­di­nand / Decca Aitken­head The Book Think­ing out Loud* Re­mem­ber sob­bing to BBC One’s Rio Fer­di­nand: Be­ing

Mum And Dad in March? In this fol­low-up, the foot­baller shares what’s helped him get through the death of his wife, while rais­ing two chil­dren. His aim is to en­cour­age more men to speak out about their own grief.

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All At Sea by Decca Aitken­head A dev­as­tat­ingly hon­est mem­oir in which Aitken­head ex­plores her own grief sur­round­ing the un­ex­pected death of her part­ner, Tony, in 2014. The

Guardian jour­nal­ist is one of the most ac­com­plished writ­ers in the busi­ness and writes beau­ti­fully – this book about loss will make you laugh as much as it will make you cry.

THE SELF-HELP

Sheryl Sand­berg / Adam Grant Op­tion B When Sand­berg lost her hus­band sud­denly, she turned to her old friend Grant – a psy­chol­o­gist whose in­sight helped her re­cover. To­gether (he’s cred­ited as a co-au­thor), they com­bined her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence (with parts of her jour­nal) and his re­search to cre­ate a man­ual for mov­ing on.

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Orig­i­nals: How Non-Con­formists Change The World by Adam Grant There’s a rea­son this book was a New York Times best­seller and lines the book­shelves of pretty much ev­ery CEO the world over. Grant dis­sects what it means to be­come and be an orig­i­nal thinker in a world of same­ness. Big brownie points if the boss sees this one pok­ing out of your bag.

THE FASH­ION TOME

Vic­to­ria Beck­ham / Hadley Free­man

That Ex­tra Half An Inch Re­mem­ber 2006? When WAGs ruled the World Cup and we all wore dresses over jeans? This was in VB’s pre-fash­ion-de­signer years (when she had beige hair and lips). Tips such as ‘ac­ces­sorise with a Gucci car­rier bag’ and ‘it’s cru­cial jeans are long enough’ abound. Read for laughs only.

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Be Awe­some: Mod­ern Life For Mod­ern Ladies by Hadley Free­man If you de­voured Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman, you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate this lighter ver­sion, which ex­plains ev­ery­thing from guid­ing friends through break-ups to the les­sons movies can teach you. Warn­ing: there are a lot of ’80s ref­er­ences, so any­one born north of 1979 may want to keep Wikipedia close to hand.

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