Andrew O'Hagan

The Secret Life: Three True Stories

Andrew O'Hagan

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"Ghosting" is only one of three stories in "The Secret Life: Three True Stories". In the second chapter O’Hagan uses the actual identity of a deceased young man to construct an entirely new one on the internet, leading him on a journey into the deep web's darkest realms. And the third chapter chronicles the strange case of Craig Wright, the Australian web developer who may or may not be the mysterious inventor of Bitcoin. At Google, the authors talks about all three of these journeys, interviewed by Gaby Wood, The Telegraph's Head of Books and Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation.

Andrew O'Hagan

Andrew O'Hagan is described as one of his generation's most exciting and serious chroniclers of contemporary Britain. In "Ghosting" he tells the story about how he tried to be the ghostwriter for Julian Assange’s autobiography. His damning verdict after spending much time with Assange: He is vain, secretive, paranoid and jealous, prone to leering at young women and making frequent sexist jokes.

The Secret Life: Three True Stories

The Secret Life is a book about identity, secrecy, surveillance and the relationship between the individual, the state and technology at a time when information and data has become the de facto currency of Late Capitalism. It is structured in three long essays, versions of which have appeared in the London Review of Books.

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