IAN SHIRCORE


Children's author, Author of books for adults, Ghostwriter

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
After dinner speaking
Commission


Contact: :
For talks or lively school visits relating to US President John F Kennedy or to Conspiracy! 49 Reasons to Doubt, 50 Reasons to Believe, email .
For ghostwriting projects,

Audiences:
Adults, 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


Details
:
Conspiracy! - Fascinating and controversial discussion material for schools, libraries and festivals

My bestselling book, Conspiracy! 49 Reasons to Doubt, 50 Reasons to Believe, was written for adults, as an attempt to update a lot of modern history in the light of a mass of new and surprising evidence. But it has proved immensely popular with older children and students.
 
In schools, as well as at festivals, in bookshops and in book groups, Conspiracy! provokes lively, animated discussions, both about the stories told -- from Dr Kelly and Princess Diana to 9/11 and 7/7, the Kennedy assassinations, pop star deaths and the Second Yorkshire Ripper -- and about the nature of evidence.
 
Who can you trust? What counts as proof? Does asking "Cui bono?" help or hinder? 
 
The Daily Mail called this book "deeply mischievous", The Spectator praised its "forensic stringency" and Loaded (the experts on these matters) called reading it "a guilty pleasure".
 
My recent activities include:
  • Festivals, eg Cheltenham Literary Festival, Brighton Book Festival, Secret Garden Party
  • Schools visits and discussion sessions, eg St Paul's, Gordon's School, St Swithun's
  • Business talks and discussions, eg Ipsos MORI Academy
  • BBC local radio interviews: London, Oxford, Surrey/Sussex, Devon, Bristol, Merseyside, Channel Islands, Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds, Cambridgeshire, Leicester
  • 16-week conspiracy phone-in slot on BBC Radio Merseyside

  • Charges for school visits based on Society of Authors rates
  • Happy to travel anywhere in UK (or Europe, N America, AsiaPac)
     
Ghostwriting - Together we can write the book that puts your ideas and your business into perspective 

I am not interested in vanity ghostwriting. My projects generally involve working with intelligent business leaders who would be well capable of writing their own books, if only they could spare the three to four months they would need to devote to the project.
 
I have also ghosted Beating the Odds, Paul Connolly's extraordinary life story, from his grim upbringing in a Tower Hamlets children's home run by paedophiles, via working as a bouncer on the fringes of the London underworld, to his present success as a top personal fitness trainer, literacy campaigner and settled family man.
 
Ideally, the business books I help to write become self-funding by opening doors and helping to win contracts or change policies. 
  • Stylish, readable, forceful writing that captures your voice
  • Business journalism background in UK, Hong Kong and Oz
  • Specific expertise in marketing, telecoms and equity investment
  • Highest editorial standards (formerly Worldwide Head of Editing for US research giant Gartner Inc.)

The full book production service -- from interviews, writing and indexing through to editing, design and printing of 500 hardback books -- starts at about £28k. Minimum start-to-finish time would usually be 5 to 6 months.

Books
Loose Canon: The Extraordinary Songs of Clive James and Pete Atkin (isbn:9781910453230)
First-ever book about Clive James's 'secret life' as a songwriter - 'the work which is closest to my heart'. Dazzling foreword by Stephen Fry
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John F Kennedy: The Life, The Presidency, The Assassination (isbn:9780233003979)
JFKs life, loves and legacy: Startling revelations, superb photos and fascinating facsimile documents, including Presidential crisis meeting doodles, secret cables and an unpublished love letter.
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Conspiracy! 49 Reasons to Doubt, 50 Reasons to Believe (isbn:1843583771)
Conspiracies and cover-ups, real or imagined, have shaped our world. Now leaked cables and declassified papers are rewriting the history of our times. This is the very first post-WikiLeaks conspiracy book.
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Douglas Adams: The First and Lost Tapes
Very short Amazon Kindle ebook based on my fascinating interview (1979 - the first ever!) with the young Hitchhiker's Guide author, then script editor on Dr Who and still running an overdraft.
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Manage Yourself, Manage Your Life (isbn:0749919906)
NLP classic, reprinted 17 times. The essential guide for living in the 21st century. Based on powerful NLP techniques, this practical handbook will help you create the new life that you deserve.
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Organisations:
National Union of Journalists, London Freelance
Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC - formerly British Association of Communicators in Business)

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Business, Law and Politics, Health and Psychology, History and Biography, Mind, Body and Spirit, Science and Technology

Book Type:
Non fiction for adults, Non fiction for children

Keywords:
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