It is possible that since this book's publication you will have heard that I have died in 'suspicious circumstances'. Obviously I hope that will not be the case, but I believe it is worth taking the risk in order to get this story out there.
Why would one of Silicon Valley's most powerful billionaires offer a British ghostwriter a million dollars to write the autobiography of Hollywood's biggest star?
Only once he is living and working among the world's richest and most beautiful people does the ghost realise that there is way more than a publishing deal at stake.
The ghostwriter must face the dark underbelly of the tech industry. He must face corruption and manipulation, come to blows with people who will do anything to remain at the top of their game and uncover the dark truth behind what it really means to be an influencer . . .
What Lies Around Us takes the reader into a world of myth-makers and power-brokers and reveals who is really running the world. Who is telling the stories and controlling the way we all think with a mixture of old media, social media and fake media?
Andrew, an English ghostwriter is approached by Silicon Valley Tech billionaire, Roger Rex, to write a book about a Hollywood superstar JoJo Win.
Offering him a million dollars, he immediately accepts the deal no questions asked.
Andrew flies to America to interview and spend time with JoJo’s family members. As the relationships build and Andrew becomes closer to the family, especially JoJo’s husband Chuck , a tragic event occurs.
Andrew is an immensely likeable character, he doesn’t get drawn in and clearly carries doubts all the way through the process.
A story rich in American politics mixed in with the celebrity and technology worlds, this book delves into the murky waters of publishing, social media and it’s influencers.
Who is really pulling the strings?
It’s absolutely captivating as it pulls apart the very world we are now so ensconced into.
Control, manipulation, corruption, it’s shows how the world can be twisted and moulded into the favour of someone if enough money and influence is aimed at it.
Fast paced, and thrilling, it’s gripping, superbly written and completely fascinating whilst shocking and very dark in parts
An up to the minute, sign of our times thriller. Not to be missed.
Andrew Crofts is a ghostwriter and author who has published more than eighty books, a dozen of which were Sunday Times number one bestsellers. He has also guided a number of international clients successfully through the minefield of independent publishing.
His books on writing include "Ghostwriting", (A&C Black) and "The Freelance Writer's Handbook", (Piatkus), which has been reprinted eight times over twenty years.
Throughout his bestseller, "The Ghost", Robert Harris quotes Andrew's seminal book, "Ghostwriting". Harris's book went on to become a major movie by the same name, directed by Roman Polanski and starring Ewan McGregor as the eponymous ghost. The opening lines in Robert Harris's book sum up Andrew's philosophy:
"Of all the advantages ghosting offers, one of the greatest must be the opportunity that you get to meet people of interest".
Andrew was on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors from 2012 to 2015. He lectures on the subject of making a living from writing at Kingston University, presents Masterclasses on the subject at The Guardian and frequently guests at writing workshops, literary festivals and in the media. He blogs regularly on matters pertaining to publishing, self-publishing and writing.
Twitter : @AndrewCrofts