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Neil Hanson

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Neil Hanson

Neil Hanson is a successful author with 70 published books to his name. As well as his own, much-acclaimed work, he’s also a “ghost writer” for, among many others, sports stars, showbiz legends, explorers, captains of industry, SAS men, fast-jet pilots, a treasure diver, a kidnap negotiator, a leading surgeon and a spy.
An award-winning speaker, he has entertained audiences at every type of occasion - corporate events, conferences, festivals, luncheon clubs, dinners and banquets - throughout the UK and right across the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Praise for Neil Hanson
• ‘We have had such positive feedback about your speech and how much they enjoyed it. My husband laughed so much he was nearly crying!’ Sandy Rysiok, Society of Municipal Treasurers
• ‘It really was a pleasure to host you. I have had nothing but positive responses since the dinner – you really hit the right note.’ Commander Andrew Coles, HMS Drake, Plymouth
• ‘A brilliant talk, the best we’ve ever had.’ Leeds U3A
• The best - and the best-received - of all the 100 events we have put on here.’ Ed Tracy, Executive Director, The Pritzker Library, Chicago
• ‘Excellent, really enjoyable and entertaining.’ Lucy Moody, Head of Advertising, Everest Ltd.
• ‘Your talk was very, very well received by our members - they loved it and are probably still laughing.’ Tarporley U3A
• ‘A wonderful talk.’ Huntingdon U3A
• ‘Best Speaker’ (vote by audiences), Brisbane Festival
• ‘Fantastic, a tremendous evening.’ Amanda Lydon, New York City
• ‘It was a joy to have you with us... your presentation drew raves.’ Eli Paul, Director, National World War I Museum, Kansas City
• 'Great talk, we enjoyed it very much.' Graham Hastings-Evans, President, British Association of Construction Heads
• ‘Wonderfully entertaining - will be live at the Apollo next!’ Audience member, Knaresborough Festival
• ‘The best speaker I've ever heard.' Audience member, Yate & Sodbury U3A
• ‘Neil Hanson was an outstanding speaker – warm, funny, humane.’ Stephen Brown, Chairman, Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheons
• ‘Such an entertaining talk. It was polished, professional and greatly appreciated by the audience who were totally involved and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.’ Swanland U3A
• 'Thank you for being a wonderful speaker. Your humour, wit and entertaining ability kept a very diverse audience entranced.’ Janet Munro, Soroptimist International
• ‘Such confidence and humour and such a variety of experiences has given you great entertainment skills.’ Kirkburton Probus Club
• ‘Great to have someone who is so clearly at ease, not only with the subject, but also with presenting it.’ Holme Valley U3A
• ‘I’ve been a member for 20 years and that was one of the best talks we’ve ever had.’ Cranleigh Probus Club
• ‘Our members thoroughly enjoyed your talk and the fluency and clarity with which it was presented.’ Bookham U3A
• ‘A huge thank you to Neil Hanson for doing such a wonderful event. It went down fantastically well.’ Rachel Feldberg, Director, Ilkley Festival
• ‘The most entertaining speaker we've ever had’, Sittingbourne Probus Club
• ‘We were delighted with your talk, one member said it was the best she had ever heard.’ Combined Essex WIs
• ‘A wonderful speech, thank you.’ Audience member, New Orleans
• ‘The feedback we have had has been tremendous.’ Off The Shelf, Sheffield
• ‘Extremely amusing and entertaining,’ Ilkley U3A
• ‘We have had some excellent speakers over the years, but you were the very best we have ever had.’ Organiser, Rossett and Wakeman Lectures
• ‘The audience loved it, as did we.’ Wendy Kent, Director, Knaresborough Festival
• ‘Thank you so much - your talk was brilliant.’ Meriel Jeater, Curator, Museum of London
• ‘A spellbinding talk. Thank you.’ New Zealand Book Council, Wellington
• ‘Neil Hanson offered the audience a great display of verbal pyrotechnics.’ Sydney Festival

Talk Description

Inn & Out at the Top

“Inn & Out at the Top” is a laugh-a-minute tour of the quirks and foibles, highs and lows of Neil's time running Britain’s highest inn back in the 1970s and 1980s. A hugely engaging storyteller, Neil’s account of grappling with tight-fisted farmers, eccentric characters, bizarre local customs, naturist weekends, “lates and lock-ins”, police raids, rats in the attic, close encounters with magistrates and planners, and the shooting of a famous double-glazing commercial, is suitable for all audiences.

Other Talks

Neil's hugely entertaining talk “The Ghostwriter” gives us privileged glimpses into the hidden worlds of his ghostwriting clients. They include household names - an American showbiz legend, England’s most famous cricketer, a famous actor, one of Britain’s most decorated soldiers and an England football manager - but also many less celebrated men and women who have led extraordinary lives or achieved remarkable things. Among many others, they include SAS men, fast-jet pilots, explorers and adventurers, a treasure diver, a kidnap negotiator, a hugely successful businessman, a spy, a notorious gangster, a professional forager, a leading surgeon and a spy.

The Ghostwriter is revelatory, insightful and very, very funny.

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