Ghosting: a memoir

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Canongate, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 273 pages
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A Scottish ghostwriter materializes with an account of her nearly 15-year association with Quartet Books in England. Erdal's memoir tells of the "finely balanced symbiosis" she achieved from 1981, when she first met the wealthy Lebanese Naim Attallah-whom she calls Tiger-to 1998, when their marriage-like partnership finally dissolved. Originally from Fife, Erdal, a mother with two children, traveled to London to meet Tiger for work on Russian translations, an undertaking that led to their first publishing coup, Red Square. . She ghostwrote everything from Tiger's love letters to his 1,200-page Asking Questions (a series of interviews with famous women), two later novels, and a newspaper column. Her double life suited her, since she was able to carry out her duties from home in Scotland-except when her marriage broke up.

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