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‘I shall call you Tiger’

‘“What would you like me to call you?” I asked as we shook hands on parting.

“You can call me what you like,” he said. “I shall call you Beloved – all the girls who work for me are Beloved – but you can call me whatever you want.”

“In that case,” I said, “I shall call you Tiger.”

“I like it,” he said, and kissed my hand.


Our partnership produced lots of newspaper articles, interviews with well-known figures and several non-fiction books. But although they brought Tiger a sense of fulfilment, there was no lasting contentment. Eventually he became convinced that the way ahead for us lay in a different sort of publication. The real test was the novel.

“We need to evolve,” he said.

I did not demur . . .

How to proceed? Write what you know, they always say. But what did I know? Suddenly I knew nothing. In a bid to avert panic I decided to make a list of things in my favour. The list was not long but it was a start:

1. I have written a lot already (just not a novel).

2. I have read lots of novels.’

Jennie Erdal wrote letters, speeches and articles for a flamboyant London publisher. But when he asked her to write a novel – a passionate romance – in his name she faced her biggest challenge . . .

Click here to read an extract from Ghosting by Jennie Erdal

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