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Jane Hardstaff longed to be an artist, but somehow became a TV producer. She grew up in Wiltshire with her brothers, hunting mayfly-nymphs with her father and reading fairytales with her mother. Now she lives in London's East End, near the great, wild River Thames - the inspiration for her first book.
January 2015 Book of the Month Moss, the river daughter of the title, first appeared in Jane Hardstaff’s much-praised debut The Executioner’s Daughter, a thrilling novel that cleverly mixed the supernatural with a convincing historical background. In this new adventure, the Riverwitch calls Moss back to London and the Tower. Something dark and evil is threatening the Thames and the city, and only Moss can defeat it. Tudor life is vividly described - dirty, cruel and dangerous, and Henry VIII’s menagerie, housed in the Tower itself, adds some very special colour. A dramatic adventure set against an unusual and convincing background, this is another gripping read. ~ Andrea Reece
February 2014 Debut of the Month Set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor times, with a cast of brilliant characters, including feisty heroine Moss and lovable rogue Salter. A nail-biting drama and a supremely authentic Tudor setting, this is a a thrilling adventure readers age 10+ will devour and a world they’ll want to return to again and again. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Executioners Daughter a small number of members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'An amazing and clever story like no others I have read. Great historical detail shines through this book. It was a bit spooky but very exciting and I like the ending' Emma Stephenson Scroll down to read more ...
Thrilling adventure set in the underbelly of the Tower of London and on the Thames in Tudor times Moss hates her life. As the daughter of the Executioner in the Tower of London, it's her job to catch the heads in her basket after her father has chopped them off. She dreams of leaving, but they are prisoners with no way out. Then Moss discovers a hidden tunnel that takes her to freedom, where she learns that her life isn't what she believes it to be and she doesn't know who to trust. Her search for the truth takes her on a journey along the great River Thames. Could the answers lie deep in its murky depths? 'a strong, new voice in children's fiction - draws a wonderfully authentic portrait of a wilful tween desperate to find out more about her origins and flee the house of death' - The Times 'This notable debut mixes vivid history with supernatural adventure, and from its dark depths friendship, forgiveness and parental love rise to the surface.' - The Sunday Times The Executioner's Daughter was chosen as Children's Book of the Week by The Sunday Times and The Times.
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