HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Martin Pistorius

International Bestselling Author


  • Ghost Boy



Martin Pistorius is the international bestselling author of Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape Of A Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body.

Pistorius shares the heart-wrenching story of his return to life through the power of love and faith in the Ghost Boy (Thomas Nelson). In January 1988, at the age of twelve, an unknown illness left Pistorius wheelchair bound and unable to speak. Doctors were mystified and told his parents than an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live. Pistorius spent fourteen years in institutions. The stress and heartache shook his parent’s and his family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.

In 2001, Pistorius learned to communicate via computer, make friends and change his life. In 2008 he met the love of his life, Joanna, and immigrated to the UK; one year later they were married. He began his own business in 2010.

Pistorius now speaks at events through the use of his computer, and shares the story of his life in a moving speech that audiences never forget.

Praise for Ghost Boy:

"A deeply affecting and at times shocking book... The Diving Bell and The Butterfly but with a happy ending…"
--The Sunday Times

“Reading this book brought me much closer to my son Logan, who has severe autism and is unable to speak. My understanding of Logan’s personal challenges were greatly clarified by Martin Pistorius’ ability to commit his experiences to writing. For anyone whose life has been touched by someone with communication challenges this book is a must!”
--Glen Dobbs, president, ProxTalker.com, LLC

“Martin’s story not only typifies a person with great depth and humanity, but also of a great aptitude for life. This book is a must-read.”
--Erna Alant, professor and Otting Chair in Special Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

“It is my sincere opinion that this book be required reading for anyone that works with children that have disabilities or is considering working in the field. Martin illustrates the person behind the disability as a “whole being” and it will change the way people with little experience in the field look at those with physical challenges.”
--Karen Gorman, assistive technology coordinator D75 NYCDOE

“Ghost Boy is a book to open our minds and our hearts.”
--Sue Swenson, former US commissioner for developmental disabilities

“If you have time to read one book this year, I suggest that you chose Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius. You may even come away with some questions about what it means to live a full life.”
--Diane Nelson Bryen, professor emerita, Temple University, USA

“This is a story bravely told of one man’s incredible endurance and fortitude against amazing odds. It will make you smile and weep, but most definitely it will restore you faith that all things are possible when you dream.”
--Sandra Hartley, BSc. MRCSLT, marketing director, Logan Technologies, Ltd.

“It's impossible to read this book without understanding just how much most of us take for granted.”
--John-Paul Flintoff, author, How To Change The World

“Martin’s writing makes you feel what he feels. He vividly reminds us of all those little injustices we each experienced that help us to grow and be stronger because of them. He reminds us that we all can grow from life’s twists if we choose to do so. Most important, Martin Pistorius shows us that God really does not give us more than we can handle, but rather he gives us the opportunity to meet adversity head on and overcome it no matter what the challenge.Read Ghost Boy. It really is a 'page turner' and you will be a better person for experiencing Martin Pistorius’ life.”
--Michael Hingson, New York Times best-selling author, Thunder Dog