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Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff


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Stolen childhoods and harrowing memories haunt lives in this moving and fascinating novel. Written with tremendous compassion and eloquence, the author reveals two tales, two time frames, two tragedies and two guilt-ridden women seeking redemption. The different time frames work perfectly alongside each other, each tale is anchored by the heartrending secrets that have been hidden for years.
You are taken on a journey through time and across seas to the inconceivable world of a Japanese Internment Camp during the Second World War. Wolff discloses the unbelievable horrors that terrorised the inhabitants, simply yet vividly bringing to life a different world. Closer to home, the breathtaking Cornish coast has harboured another childhood sorrow. Guilt has been a distressing yet accepted companion for these two women, can reliving the past lay to rest the ghosts that have besieged them? Compelling and convincing, this poignant tale deserves to be heard. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Isabel Wolff you might also like to read books by Karen Quinn, Catherine Alliott and Jane Green.


Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff

Jenni is a 'ghost': she writes the lives of other people. It's a job that suits her well: still haunted by a childhood tragedy, she finds it easier to take refuge in the memories of others rather than dwell on her own. Jenni has an exciting new commission, and is delighted to start working on the memoirs of a Dutchwoman, Klara. As a child in the Second World War, Klara was interned in a camp on Java during the Japanese occupation - she has an extraordinary story of survival to tell. But as Jenni and Klara begin to get to know each other, Jenni begins to do much more than shed light on a neglected part of history. She is being forced to examine her own devastating memories, too. But with Klara's help, perhaps this is finally the moment where she will be able to lay the ghosts of her own past to rest?


In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

Nicola Foster - 'Ghostwritten is sure to be appreciated by fans of romantic historical fiction and readers who have enjoyed Wolff’s work to date.' Click Here to read the full review.

Sally Welham - 'Two interwoven stories unravel to a satisfactory conclusion...I enjoyed it very much and learnt a lot from reading it.' Click Here to read the full review.

Maureen Gourlay - 'Two women; two similar childhood traumas. Can they help each other to come to terms with their past and lay their ghosts to rest? Set in Cornwall and the Far East this is a "must read".' Click Here to read the full review.

Sandra - 'The memories of Klara, of her life in Java during WWII written by Jenni who has her own demons...A real page turner I loved this book.' Click Here to read the full review.

Sharon Matthews - 'An evocative and haunting tale about the power of inner strength...A brilliant book and thoroughly recommended.' Click Here to read the full review.

Elena Robertson - 'I feel this book will stay with me for some time to come. The cruelty of man it seems, knows no bounds...The best book I've read so far this year.' Click Here to read the full review.

Carla Senior - 'Ghostwritten is a novel about Jenni, a ghostwriter, who travels to Cornwall to write the memoir of a Dutch lady, Klara...a compelling read and I kept picking it up and reading it whenever I had a chance.' Click Here to read the full review.

Emma Caddick - 'Ghostwritten is a moving, humbling and life affirming tale. Fans of Victoria Hislop will love it.' Click Here to read the full review.

Sharon Lowe - 'I enjoyed this, novel very much, I found it powerfully, moving, bringing to life a different aspect of a young person’s account of a concentration camp, which also intertwined with present day.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jennifer Moville - 'A very moving book - history told in a magnificent way - so much so that you want to carry on reading to the end.' Click Here to read the full review.

Lyn Barrett - 'Beautifully written and compelling, this is a lesson in understanding and forgiving.' Click Here to read the full review.

Glenda Worth -
'Ghostwritten is a brilliantly written book...As each chapter finished it left me wanting to read the next one, and I was quite disappointed to reach the end!' Click Here to read the full review.

Sharon Butler -
'A great "hard to put down" read that keeps you wanting to turn the page to find out what happens in the lives of the main characters.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jocelyn Garvey -
'The interaction between the two main characters is wonderful, the story really well researched. Once you start reading it grips you and stays with you long after you have finished the book.' Click Here to read the full review.

Judi Davies -
'I liked the relationship between the two women, as they helped each other to face their demons. A good read.' Click Here to read the full review.


Further praise for Ghostwritten.

'Wonderful, tender and compelling'
Rachel Hore, author of The Silent Tide

'A deeply moving read - I loved it'
Dinah Jeffries, author of The Separation

'Beautifully written, extraordinarily moving - a story that grips from start to finish'
Lesley Downer, author of Across a Bridge of Dreams

About the Author

Isabel Wolff

Isabel Wolff was born in Warwickshire and read English at Cambridge. She worked for the BBC world service and wrote feature articles for many newspapers and magazines including The Spectator, The Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph. She is the author of seven other bestselling novels, which are published in 23 languages. She lives in London with her family.

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27th March 2014


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Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


384 pages


Romantic Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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