The memoirs of Britain’s Prince Harry set a record for the fastest selling non-fiction book on the first day of its release – January 10. In just 24 hours, more than 1.4 million copies of “Spare” were bought worldwide, according to publishers Penguin Random House.
The American writer and journalist John Joseph Moringer, better known as JR Moringer, also made a serious contribution to the success, who helped the duke to tell his experiences, but remained in the background. He is the so-called shadow writer – is hired to write a book, article, speech on behalf of another, who, however, is officially listed as the author of the corresponding text.
Although “Spare” is told in the first person, Moringer was actively involved in the preparation of the edition, for which according to the British media he was paid at least one million US dollars. Thanks to the experienced pen of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American, the 416-page book captivates, captivates, and the reader is hard pressed to tear himself away from it, captivated by the scandalous revelations about the British royal court.
Actor George Clooney is said to be introducing his close friends Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle to JR Moringer, who has extensive experience writing biographies of popular figures that have become bestsellers. The American is the shadow writer of the memoirs of the tennis player Andre Agassi – “Open”, which became a sensation on the book market in 2009, as well as the life story of the co-founder of the company “Nike” Phil Knight – “The Art of Victory”, printed in 2016 Mr.
The tennis star insisted that Moringer’s name be placed next to his on the cover of “Open”, extremely pleased with their joint work, Time magazine recalls. However, the writer categorically refuses with the explanation: “These are your stories, your acquaintances, your battlesAgassi later recounted.
While working on the memoirs of the tennis player, Moringer went to Las Vegas, and the conversations between the two continued for about 250 hours. In order to understand Andre Agassi, the writer got to know in depth the work of psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, he revealed to the New York Times.
“Freud helped me a lot… Especially “Civilization and Disenchantment with It” and the idea of the death instinct. One of the pillars of Andre’s personality was his self-destructiveness …,” says JR Moringer.
A good shadow writer must be able to extract the memories of his “character” and assemble these moments into an intriguing narrative. Moringer says he tries to capture even the voice of his subject. “You try to get into his shoes” he says in an interview with NPR.”And although you think in third person, you write in first person, so the processes are mirror images of each other, but they look very cute“.
Before he started helping celebrities with their books, JR Moringer first wrote his own memoir in 2005, which was released under the title The Tender Bar. They are a coming-of-age tale told through the author’s experiences returning to a bar he frequented as a 20-year-old. The book is of great interest. After reading it, Andre Agassi contacted Moringer and asked for help with his autobiographical book.
Moringer’s memoirs have been adapted. The film of the same name was directed by George Clooney. During the filming, the two became closer and Clooney introduced the writer to Prince Harry.
The production “Tender Bar”, in which Tye Sheridan plays the writer and Ben Affleck plays his uncle Charlie, was released at the end of 2021. For his role last year, Affleck received nominations for the Golden Globe and the award of Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Moringer was born in New York in 1964. His father, who worked as a DJ at a local radio station, abandoned the family and he was raised by his mother alone. They have to settle in different states several times.
Moringer is a graduate of Yale University. He started his career at the “New York Times”, reports BTA. Among the publications he has worked for are the Rocky Mountain News and the Los Angeles Times, a publication there that won him a Pulitzer Prize in 2000. His highly regarded article is about tensions arising in a small, segregated community in the state of Alabama. , after a ferry line was opened.
In addition to being a journalist, Moringer is also a writer. In addition to writing his book and helping celebrities, he wrote a novel based on the story of bank robber Willie Sutton. The book was released in 2012.
Moringer is married to editor Shannon Welch, 46, with whom they have two children. The family lives in a mansion in Berkeley, California.
JR Moringer is delighted to be working with Prince Harry. To criticisms that surfaced of inaccuracies in “Reserved”, the shadow writer responded on Twitter with quotes from the Duke of Sussex’s book and with statements from the American writer Mary Carr, according to which “the line between memory and fact is as blurred as between interpretation and the fact”.