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Clifford Thurlow (born 1952, in London, England) trained as a journalist and wrote his first book at age 23. He has been described by Penny Wark of The Times as "one of the UK's best ghostwriters."
Thurlow studied Buddhism in India and worked with the Dalai Lama as one of a team translating Tibetan sacred texts into English. He traded gemstones in South East Asia and ran a travelling dolphin show in Spain before moving to Hollywood where he penned Carol White's autobiography Carol Comes Home.
Thurlow is noted for creating novelised-style true life memoirs. Recent books are Fatwa: Living With A Death Threat (Hodder & Stoughton 2005), which describes the flight of Jacky Trevane across the desert with two children to escape an abusive husband; Today I'm Alice (Sidgwick & Jackson, 2009) the story of Multiple Personality Disorder survivor Alice Jamieson, a Sunday Times Top Ten best-seller; and two books set in Iraq with former infantry captain James Ashcroft, Escape From Baghdad (Virgin 2009), the rescue of Ashcroft's former Iraqi interpreter and his family from Shia Death Squads, W H Smith's Top Twenty; and Making A Killing (Virgin 2006) - on which Andy Martin wrote in The Daily Telegraph: "Ashcroft must have formed a good working alliance with ghostwriter Clifford Thurlow, because this diary of death and destruction radiates not just personality but that illusive, lyrical honesty the existentialists used to call authenticity.'