Who really wrote the world's great novels?

"Take a look at the bestseller lists: you would be amazed how much of it is the work of ghosts, novels as as well as non-fiction. We are the phantom operatives who keep publishing going ... preserving the seamless illusion of the Magic Kingdom."

                            - From The Ghost, by Robert Harris


Alexandre Maquet is an obsessive, enterprising and fearless investigative literary journalist specialising in famous books and authors. His investigations into the shadow world of secret ghost writing convince him that hundreds of the worlds most famous novels during the last four centuries have been ghost written. Maquet plans to reveal his hypothesis, and supporting reasoning, in a published exposé titled, Who Really Wrote It?

It's a book he knows will cause outrage and condemnation in the global book industry. What he doesn't know is that someone will be outraged enough to go to extreme lengths to prevent his book's publication.




Due to excessive Covid-related postage charges, printed copies of Phantom Author are not currently available. However, a PDF version can be purchased for $10  by emailing:  info@quixotebooks.com

The Story
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17th century  portrait painting by Pietro Paolini

Arab historian and author, Cide Hamete Benengeli, has the dubious distinction of being the first person in the world to ghost write a famous novel - and not just any novel. In 1603 he ghosted the biggest selling novel ever written - The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. My novel, Phantom Author, tells the tale of the centuries-old ghost writing dynasty that began with Cide Hamete Benengeli and continues to this day. 

"Phantom Author is an outrageous and preposterous book."
                               - World Publishers Club

"Famous authors aren't above parody and satire."
                       - Roger McAuliffe, author

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