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Top 5 books written by ghostwriters

Author Anna Wharton, who has just published her debut novel The Imposter, gives us her top five ghostwritten books

Author Anna Wharton’s debut novel The Imposter is about Chloe, a newspaper archivist by day and a carer by night.

When her nan is moved into care and Chloe finds herself on the brink of homelessness, she takes a desperate step, taking the reader on a thought-provoking journey of obsession, loneliness and the lies we tell in order to live with ourselves.

Here, Anna Wharton gives us her top five ghostwritten books.

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Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell 

This Sunday Times bestseller is a look at the world through the eyes of someone living with dementia. It’s a subject that few of us like to think about, yet the way Wendy has dealt with this disease is inspirational. 

Enslaved: My True Story of Survival by Emily Vaughn

Emily was just 11 when she was groomed as a drug trafficker crossing ‘county lines’. This powerful book details the vicious cycle of abuse, and has captured the heart of celebrity followers. 

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Those Who Can, Teach by Andria Zafirakou

This touching memoir of an inner-city teacher talks about the realities of British school life in 2021. Zafirakou was crowned World’s Best Teacher for going the extra mile with her poverty-stricken students, often feeding and clothing them herself.

Cut: One Woman’s Fight Against FGM in Britain Today by Hibo Wardere 

Hibo was cut at the age of six back in Somalia. She didn’t understand what female genital mutilation was until she read about it in a UK library book more than 30 years later, and has dedicated her life to activism since.

The Hospital by Barbara O’Hare

O’Hare was abused at psychiatric hospital Aston Hall in the Seventies, where she was forced to take truth-telling drugs. Her book resulted in hundreds of victims receiving compensation from the government. 

The Imposter by Anna Wharton is out now (Mantle, £16.99)

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