February 15, 2011

Andrew O'Hagan to ghostwrite Assange book


According to a London Observer story by Robert McCrum, the Scottish novelist and London Review of Books contributor Andrew O’Hagan will ghostwrite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange‘s book. O’Hagan has been spotted at Assange court hearings and was previously rumored to be working on the book.

That Assange would bring on a ghostwriter is not surprising: In a Times report from December, Assange is quoted as saying: “I don’t want to write this book, but I have to… I need to defend myself and to keep WikiLeaks afloat.” Assange says he sold rights to the book for about $1.7 million. It will be published in the U.S. by Knopf.

Kelly Burdick is the executive editor of Melville House.