John Harding was born near Ely. He is the author of the bestselling What We Did On Our Holiday, made into an ITV drama starring Shane Ritchie and Roger Lloyd Pack. He is a book reviewer for the Daily Mail and lives in London.
"You don't need to know The Turn of the Screw to enjoy it. Real atmosphere is increasingly rare in novels and here it is in spades; mysterious towers, faces in mirrors, shadowy corridors and long black dresses. Like James, Harding keeps his dramatis personae tightly confined and ramps up the suspense and mystery until even the most careful reader wonders what's going on and what isn't. Your Twilight-reading teen will love it too. A darkly glamorous tour de force." Wendy Holden, DAILY MAIL "Florence and Giles is an elegant literary exercise worked out with the strictness of a fugue: imagine Henry James's The Turn of the Screw reworked by Edgar Allan Poe!Nothing prepares you for the chillingly ruthless but inevitable finale." THE TIMES "Brilliantly creepy" DAILY MIRROR "An intriguing read" GRAZIA "A good, clever, modern take on old-style American gothic; a creepy haunted house tale in which the living are just as eerie as any real or imagined ghouls." NEW ZEALAND HERALD "a scarily good story, in an arrestingly unusual narrative voice." THE OXFORD TIMES