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Rachel Murphy

'Rachel Murphy - thank you for helping me write this. We've had laughter and tears, and I'm THRILLED with the result!'
Cheryl Cole

‘Huge thanks to Rachel Murphy – an amazing writer who was instrumental in bringing this book together – she has truly helped to tell our story.’
Si King and Dave Myers (The Hairy Bikers)

‘Rachel Murphy, my ghostwriter. I can’t believe how perceptively and accurately you’ve written this, how therapeutic the process has been and how easy you have made it for me. I could not be happier with my book, and that is down to you.’
James Arthur

'Thanks to Rachel Murphy, my co-author, for listening to me prattling on for hours and making such a fabulous job of writing the book. It would not have been the great success it is without you, Rach, and it's been a pleasure to work with you'
John Hartson

'Rachel… how you got into my head in such a short space of time and wrote this so skillfully is beyond belief. You have written it exactly as I would love to have written it myself, and I can't thank you enough'
St John Greene

‘Rachel Murphy is like one of my family now, and writes from inside my head.’
Linda Fairley


Rachel Murphy is one of the UK's most talented and successful ghost writers.

She has co-authored sixteen books to date, eleven of which have been Sunday Times top ten bestsellers. Her books have been translated into numerous languages, and have received more than 1,500 five-star reviews on amazon.co.uk. They include:

- Just A Child (Blink/Bonnier UK), the story of Rotherham survivor and campaigner Sammy Woodhouse, who bravely exposed Britain’s biggest child abuse scandal.
Cheryl Cole’s number one bestselling autobiography, Cheryl Cole: My Story (HarperCollins).
The joint autobiography of The Hairy Bikers, Blood, Sweat and Tyres (Orion).
- Mum’s List (Penguin), an international bestseller telling how St John Greene raised his two young sons following their mum’s death. Translated into fifteen languages, the book has been adapted into an award-winning film starring Rafe Spall and Emilia Fox.
Back to the Boy by James Arthur (Hodder & Stoughton). The book is part memoir and part self-help. It explores the X Factor winner’s troubled life and shares his innermost thoughts on surviving mental health problems and coping with the pressures of success. It was described as the most powerful and refreshingly honest autobiography of 2017.
John and George: The Dog Who Changed My Life (Century, Random House) with John Dolan, who was inspired by his dog George to quit his life of drugs and crime and become an artist. The book has been translated into French, German, Spanish and Chinese.
- The autobiography of Strictly Come Dancing dancer and I’m a Celebrity star Ola Jordan, Strictly Ola: Ola Jordan – My Autobiography (St James’s House).
Please Don’t Go (Random House), written with football hero John Hartson, documenting his fight for life after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The book was shortlisted for Best Autobiography at the British Sports Book Awards.
The Midwife’s Here! and Bundles of Joy (HarperCollins) - two nostalgic memoirs telling the story of Linda Fairley’s career as Britain’s longest serving midwife. Both books were Sunday Times bestsellers and are recommended reading by the Royal College of Midwives.
Living with Evil (Headline), a huge number one bestseller in Ireland and a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK for fourteen consecutive weeks, tells the story of Cynthia Owen’s fight for justice following her tragic childhood. Described by the Sunday Times as ‘a crucially important social document for Ireland’.

Rachel has worked as a journalist and writer for more than twenty years. Originally from the Wirral, she lives in Kent and is married with three grown-up children. 


Books by Rachel Murphy

Bundles of Joy

Rights : HarperCollins (World)

The second book from Sunday Times bestselling author Linda Fairley.

‘No matter how many babies I deliver, each and every one is a miracle, connecting me to the world like nothing else, reminding me that we are all equal in the beginning, and in the end. It’s a great leveller, childbirth.’

It’s January 1972 and times have changed since Linda first stepped onto a maternity ward four years earlier. Gone are the starched skirts and steaming milk kitchens of the 1960s; these are the exhilarating days of disposable equipment and new technology. The Pill will soon be free to all women, and more and more fathers are daring to brave the delivery room.

At the newly-opened Ashton maternity unit the midwives’ spirits are high, and, in spite of the dark cloud of laundry strikes on the horizon, there’s the scent of a new era on the cold winter wind.

But one thing has stayed the same – the babies keep coming. Year after year, Linda faithfully helps the women of Greater Manchester through their most vulnerable and emotional hours, whether it is by giving calm instructions over the phone to a panicking husband, delivering a baby unexpectedly in a hospital lift, or by dashing headlong to the rescue of a snowed-in mum-to-be.

As 25-year-old Linda becomes a mother herself she understands, more than ever, what a precious gift it is to bring children into the world, and she holds each new baby just that little bit tighter. As the years roll by Linda finds herself delivering the babies of mothers and fathers she helped to bring into the world decades earlier – making her something of a local celebrity.

Through the highs and lows, through the modernisations that transform the hospital and the world outside, Linda’s passion for midwifery burns as bright as ever. With 42 years of experience Linda is one of Britain’s longest-serving midwives, and reaching the retirement age in 2008 didn’t stop her doing the job she loves.

Although she has seen generations of women give birth and delivered more than 2,000 babies, she treats every new arrival like the new miracle it is.

Cheryl: My Story

Rights : HarperCollins (World)

The Number One Sunday Times Best Seller.

For the first time Cheryl tells her full story, her way. Revealing the truth behind the headlines, this is the only official autobiography, giving the fans the true story they’ve been waiting for. Includes exclusive, personal photos.

The nation’s sweetheart, Cheryl has achieved unrivalled success with Girls Aloud, as a solo artist, a judge on the X Factor, a fashion icon and as the face of L’Oreal. However, the path to fame is rarely easy and for Cheryl it has been a colourful journey.

From happy but humble beginnings growing up on a tough Newcastle estate, Cheryl saw firsthand the damage that drugs and alcohol can do. But this feisty Geordie never gave up on her dreams of being on stage.

With success came a level of fame no one could prepare for. As Cheryl’s career went from strength to strength her personal heartache was played out in the national media. From her divorce to her battles with malaria, Cheryl's every move was captured by paparazzi. There was nowhere for Cheryl to hide. However, a true fighter, Cheryl emerged from every challenge stronger.

Now it’s Cheryl’s turn to set the record straight. In this heartfelt account, she opens up about all of the incredible ups and downs of her life. Told with searing honesty this is Cheryl as you’ve never seen her before.

The Midwife's Here!

Rights : HarperCollins (World)

The Sunday Times bestseller

‘Delivering my first baby is a memory that will stay with me forever. Just feeling the warmth of a newborn head in your hands, that new life, there’s honestly nothing like it… I’ve since brought more than 2,200 babies into the world, and I still tingle with excitement every time.’

It’s the summer of 1968 and St Mary’s Maternity Hospital in Manchester is a place from a bygone age. It is filled with starched white hats and full skirts, steaming laundries and milk kitchens, strict curfews and bellowed commands. It is a time of homebirths, swaddling and dangerous anaesthetics. It was this world that Linda Fairley entered as a trainee midwife aged just 19 years old.

From the moment Linda delivered her first baby – racing across rain-splattered Manchester street on her trusty moped in the dead of night – Linda knew she’d found her vocation. ‘The midwife’s here!’ they always exclaimed, joined in their joyful chorus by relieved husbands, mothers, grandmothers and whoever else had found themselves in close proximity to a woman about to give birth.

Under the strict supervision of community midwife Mrs Tattershall, Linda’s gruellingly long days were spent on overcrowded wards pinning Terry nappies, making up bottles and sterilizing bedpans – and above all helping women in need. Her life was a succession of emergencies, successes and tragedies: a never-ending chain of actions which made all the difference between life and death.

There was Mrs Petty who gave birth in heartbreaking poverty; Mrs Drew who confided to Linda that the triplets she was carrying were not in fact her husband’s; and Muriel Turner, whose dangerously premature baby boy survived – against all the odds. Forty years later Linda’s passion for midwifery burns as bright as ever as she is now celebrated as one of Britain’s longest-serving midwives, still holding the lives of mothers and children in her own two hands.

Rich in period detail and told with a good dose of Manchester humour, The Midwife’s Here! is the extraordinary, heartwarming tale of a truly inspiring woman.

Mum's List

Rights : Penguin (World), Dutton (NA), ​Ullstein (German), 
Munhakdogne (Korean), 
East Press (Japanese), 
Brinque (Portuguese/Brazil), 
Azoth Books (Chinese traditional)
, Mizan Publika (Indonesian), 
Hunan Literature and Arts Publishing House (Chinese simplified), 
Swiat Ksiazki/Weltbild (Polish), 
Ikar (Slovak), 
The House of Books (Dutch), 
20/20 Editora (Portuguese/Portugal), 
Mlada Fronta A.S. (Czech), 
Newton Compton (Italian).


The international bestseller

'An inspiring and moving account of the couple's relationship. It is also testament to her deep love for the young sons she realised she would never see grow up' The Sun

'Kiss boys two times after I have gone'

'Please teach the boys to say what they mean'

'Mummy loved orange Club biscuits, jam and jelly and lemon curd'

On her deathbed, Kate Greene's only concern was for her two little boys, Reef and Finn, and her loving husband, Singe. She knew she'd be leaving them behind very soon.

Over her last few days, Kate created Mum's List. The couple talked and cried together as she wrote her thoughts and wishes down, trying to help the man she loved create the best life for their boys after she was gone.

It wasn't the first time Singe and Kate had faced the spectre of death. Four years earlier, doctors discovered a large lump in baby Reef 's abdomen. Kate, pregnant with Finn, was so distressed that she gave birth dangerously early. Both boys pulled through, but afterwards Kate received the diagnosis that every woman dreads . . .

Please Don't Go: Big John's Journey Back to Life

Rights : Random House (World)

Shortlisted for Autobiography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards.

In July 2009, former Celtic and Wales soccer star John Hartson was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which had also spread to his lungs and brain. But before his treatment even began, John came to the brink of death after contracting pneumonia, ceasing to breathe and undergoing emergency brain surgery. Against all the odds, he pulled through, and in Please Don't Go he documents his incredible fight for life. 

Profoundly moving, John's own story is interwoven with the poignant recollections of his pregnant wife, Sarah, as well as with extracts from his sister Victoria's personal diary. This remarkable book covers the five-week period during which John's survival was most in jeopardy. John's truly inspirational account of how he has managed to overcome a very aggressive form of cancer will offer hope and courage to others affected by the disease. It is a touching and ultimately uplifting insight into the bravery of the popular football hero, who has fought back to full health in the face of adversity.

Living With Evil

Rights : Headline (World)

Cynthia Owen grew up in Ireland, went to the local convent school, said her prayers and took her first communion with all the other girls in her class. But behind the façade of respectability lurked a hideous reality.

Cynthia was just eight years old when she was sexually abused by her father amongst others. Shortly before her eleventh birthday she was made pregnant and, minutes after giving birth to the baby, Cynthia watched in horror as her own mother murdered the tiny infant, named Noleen, by repeatedly stabbing her with a knitting needle. Cynthia's mother then wrapped the baby girl in a plastic bag, dumped her in an alleyway and made her daughter go back to school and pretend nothing had ever happened.

After enduring many more years of rape and violence, Cynthia came forward and reported her abuse and Noleen's death.

Finally, in 2007, after a fifteen-year legal fight to have her baby girl formally identified, the jury at the 'Dun Laoghaire Baby' inquest declared that the baby found dead in an alleyway thirty-four years previously was Noleen Murphy, the daughter of Cynthia Owen.

Cynthia's is a horrific story of brutality and loss, but ultimately, it is an account of love, immense bravery and her fight for justice in Noleen's name.