Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ghostwriting can be a scary experience

Paul Kimmage in front of a picture of Brian O’Driscoll at the ‘Sunday Independent’ event in association with Elverys Sport
Paul Kimmage in front of a picture of Brian O’Driscoll at the ‘Sunday Independent’ event in association with Elverys Sport

A COUPLE of weeks ago, I sat in an RTE studio with Paul Kimmage discussing the mysterious art of ghostwriting.

"A very un-natural process" was how Paul succinctly described the condition of, essentially, signing into someone else's world to become their voice. He offered no inkling then of any difficulties looming in his role with the Brian O'Driscoll autobiography.

But the "un-natural process" Paul alluded to is fundamental to both sides. By the very nature of the arrangement, neither ghost nor subject can ever be entirely true to themselves.

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