James Hogg is a ghostwriter, biographer and collaborator specialising in sport and entertainment.
Born in the Yorkshire Dales, he began his writing career whilst working at the Yorkshire County Cricket Club where he spent several years masquerading as the club's commercial manager.
In between failed attempts at securing sponsors James wrote two acclaimed biographies whilst at Headingley. The first, What's the Bleeding Time? disclosed the life and times of the actor and naturalist James Robertson Justice and featured a foreword by H.R.H The Duke of Edinburgh. The second, Little Ern, the authorised biography of Ernie Wise (Pan Mac, 2011), was a collaboration with the writer of Hellraisers, Robert Sellers, as was James’s next book, Hello Darlings! - the authorised biography of Kenny Everett (Bantam Press, 2013).
Highlights as a ghostwriter include the Torvill & Dean best-seller, Our Life on Ice (Simon & Schuster, 2014), Robbie Savage's I'll Tell You What (Little Brown, Oct 2015) and The People's Gardener, the autobiography of the RHS judge and star of BBC's Big Allotment Challenge, Jim Buttress (Pan Mac, May 2016).
In 2015 James approached the actor and explorer, Brian Blessed, about the possibility producing a conversational memoir bringing to the fore Brian's unmistakable personality and his skills as a raconteur. The result, Absolute Pandemonium (Pan Mac, Oct 2015), was an immediate best-seller and has spawned a sequal called There's a Panther in my Kitchen (Pan Mac) that will be published towards the end 2017.
His most recent collaboration - the Johnny Herbert memoir What Doesn't Kill You (Transworld, Nov 2016) - was longlisted for Autobiography of the Year at the Cross British Sports Book Awards and was one of the biggest selling motorsport books of 2016.
James is currently working on four new titles, including the autobiography of the strongman, Eddie Hall (Ebury, Nov 2017), and a memoir by the renowned horsewoman and racehorse trainer, Gemma Hogg (Pan Mac, 2018).