Neil Hanson

Prolific and successful author and ghostwriter to dozens of best-selling authors

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Along the highways, byways and frequent cul de sacs of a very chequered career Neil Hanson has been an Oxford graduate, a plasterer's mate, an ice-cream salesman, a holiday camp redcoat, an art gallery director, and - simultaneously - an art critic and a rugby league commentator. He's been the editor of the drinker's bible, The Good Beer Guide, the owner of the highest pub in Britain, and has also travelled round the world twice, edited magazines, made television films, been a radio broadcaster in Britain, Australia and New Zealand, and written for media around the world.

However "the world's longest adolescence finally had to come to an end", he says, and for the last twenty five years he's been a full time author, both of his own books and as a "ghostwriter" for, among many others, Sir Ian Botham, American showbiz legend Andy Williams, a spy, an England football manager, a treasure diver, a hugely successful businessman and several SAS men.

Speech Topics

Highly acclaimed author of historical narratives and award-winning after-dinner speaker, Neil Hanson uses his skill as a storyteller to engage his audience on a diverse range of subjects.

In his after-dinner speeches, Neil takes a ramble around the highlights of his curious career peppered with anecdotes about his ghostwriting clients. Highlights include the uses and abuses of cosmetic dentistry, the ingenious solutions adopted by fast-jet pilots faced with tricky personal problems and a tour de force involving the SAS's disastrous attempts to recruit attack dogs from the Metropolitan Police.

Neil Hanson is a versatile speaker who has spoken at every type of occasion - corporate events, conferences, festivals, dinners and banquets - throughout the UK and is a regular speaker "on tour" in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The scope and range of his speeches, combined with his naturally entertaining delivery ensures a captivating experience for the audience.

Neil's speeches can be relied upon for humour, wit and a huge diversity of subject matter. Neil's naturally entrepreneurial spirit means he is able to advise on a wide range of topics, with charisma and style.


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Considering booking Neil Hanson for your event? You may find the following client testimonials and comments helpful. To enquire further about Neil Hanson for corporate and private bookings, click here or call us on +44 (0)1372 361 004.

I would like to thank you for being a wonderful after dinner speaker. Your humour, wit and entertaining ability all conspired to keep a very diverse audience entranced. You also managed to inform, be serious and left everyone wanting more from you, a rare gift. You really made our charter dinner special.

Janet Munro, Soroptimist International

The best - and the best-received - of all the 100 events we have put on here.

Ed Tracy, Executive Director, The Pritzker, Chicago

Neil Hanson is an extraordinarily lucid, compelling and interesting speaker. I hugely enjoyed his talk and can't recommend him highly enough.

Simon Winder, Publishing Director, Penguin Press

A vivid, engrossing and very entertaining speech. You saw for yourself how well it went down.

University of Perth, Western Australia

Neil Hanson is a captivating speaker.

Centre for Forensic Science, Sydney

We have had such positive feedback from those that attended and nearly all mentioned your speech and how much they enjoyed it. My husband was laughing so much he was nearly crying! Having picked your name almost "out of a hat" via the internet, I realise now what a good choice I made!

Sandy Rysiok, Society of Municipal Treasurers

The delivery and scope was fantastic... a tremendous evening.

Amanda Lydon, The Tenement Museum, New York City

It really was a pleasure to host you. I have had nothing but positive responses since the dinner – you really hit the right note – thank you.

Commander Andrew Coles, HMS Drake, Plymouth

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