Ghosting: A Double Life Paperback – 30 Jun 2005
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* Jennie Erdal set a benchmark for candour and wisdom when she wrote about her 15-year association with Niam Attallah in the brilliant memoir Ghosting. Independent * A little masterpiece about a relationship, superbly written in a down to earth style, and as enjoyable as a good novel. Sunday Times * If this were simply a ghost-and-tell book, it would be of interest only to a very limited number of the London literati. But it is much, much more than that; it is a beautifully composed memoir; sometimes rather desperate, sometimes very funny, of an extraordinary symbiotic relationship between two very different people. -- Craig Brown Mail On Sunday * Jennie Erdal has written a book that is hugely enjoyable to read, touches on profound questions about language and writing and provides a vivid and often affectionate, but fairly merciless, portrait of an exasperating, despotic, self-deluding but in the end likable figure, with the tantrums of a small child and the plumage of a peacock. -- Caroline Moorehead Spectator
About the Author
Jennie Erdal worked as an editor and translator for many years. Ghosting is her first book published under her own name. She lives in St Andrews.
Top Customer Reviews
Ghosting is a truly remarkable debut from the (Mont Blanc) pen of the fabulous Jennie Erdal.
Much fuss has been made in some parts of the media about the mysterious nature of the relationship between the flamboyant Naim Attalah and the intelligent and loyal Erdal.
However, the real beauty of the book is in how it describes Erdal's gifted and imaginative approach to their strange working life whilst raising three children in her homeland of Fife.
I will not be the only reader desperately awaiting Erdal's next book. The technically excellent writing is a joy to read and now that she will have the chance to explore her own ideas we are certain to be in for a series of treats in the future.
To conclude, Ghosting is a fascinating account for followers of the literary world and the lay person alike. It is a truly remarkable tale and should find its way onto everyone's Christmas list. Five stars!
This is a wonderful book.
However, the heart of the book is the struggle she had as the ghostwriter of two of his novels. There are insightful and - for anyone who is a writer - incredible useful passages about the process of writing. Since she is forced to write fiction on behalf of another she faces the challenge of finding an authentic 'voice' in which to write - a voice that must appear to be someone else's:
"The fact that I was writing as someone else - with a mask on, as it were - inevitably added yet another layer of complexity. I did and did not feel responsible for the words on the page, I did and did not feel that they belonged to me; I did and did not feel that I could defend them in my heart." (p.142)
So on the one hand this is far more a personal memoir than a business book. On the other hand, maybe the FT is right. To the extent that all of us work in corporations where we face the challenge of appearing sincere and committed to an agenda that does not belong to us we are all 'ghosting' .
As in life, I imagine, the entertaining and maddening Tiger can dominate the pages of this book if you let him. However, Ghosting is so much more than a portrait of this larger than life character. Recent reviews in the press have tended to focus on this aspect of the work and have missed the point, somewhat, of what the author is doing. First and foremost, Ghosting is a memoir and, appropriately for the first book published under her own name, Erdal seeks to exorcise the influence of a man who was both extremely generous to her and profoundly stultifying to her creativity. It is most rewarding to observe the emergence of a voice, heard before, but not recognised or able to speak freely.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great deal to like in this - Jennie Erdal's insights into writing, as well at the inevitable conflictions caused by being a ghost writer, at the beck and call of man who... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandra Davies
Well, I disliked it - but for completely opposite reasons to another review.
I don't think she should have been grateful for her employer's generousity. Read more
Fantastically written, very interesting and highly amusing throughout. I would definitely recommend it as a quirky and different sort of tale.Published on 10 May 2013 by DRN
This story is written by a woman who was dumped by her first husband and who, but for the generosity of the man she calls Tiger, might have spent the next twenty years as a... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2012 by Amazon Customer
This order was completed in good time and with the usual efficiency that one expects from the Amazon machine. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2012 by Prof J E McLACHLAN
I loved Jennie Erdal Ghosting. All of us readers dream of writing our own book one day. If thats you, then this is the book for you. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2010 by BeeTee St Albans