Jane Hardstaff is the author of THE EXECUTIONER'S DAUGHTER and its sequel RIVER DAUGHTER - fantasy adventures, set amid the glamour and grime of Tudor London during the reign of Henry VIII.
THE EXECUTIONER'S DAUGHTER was chosen as Children's Book of the Week by The Times and The Sunday Times.
'This notable debut mixes vivid history with supernatural adventure and from its dark depths friendship, forgiveness and parental love rise to the surface.' Nicolette Jones, THE SUNDAY TIMES
'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... Worth locking yourself up for an afternoon's reading pleasure.' Alex O'Connell, THE TIMES
'Putting a different spin on the Tudor period, this pacy historical tale paints an intriguing and authentic picture of the times that will fascinate young fans of history. With some spooky and gruesome moments, it is best suited to readers of 11 and above, but older children will find much to enjoy in Hardstaff's gripping adventure.' BOOKTRUST
'I suppose it's possible, maybe even probable, that there exists a better way to start your novel than with the heroine being forced to pick up the head of Sir Thomas More after his execution. Having said that, I'm unconvinced I've ever seen one. This is a completely gripping opening chapter which, in the space of a dozen pages, perfectly positions Moss as a fabulous character, unwillingly playing her part in her father's executions while desperately wanting to get away from the Tower of London where they live as prisoners. In addition, it sets the scene in Tudor England superbly, bringing the perils of Henry VIII's reign vividly to life... Highly recommended to fans of historical fiction.' Robert James, THE BOOKBAG
'Such was the power of the story that I could feel it around me.' NAYU'S READING CORNER
The Executioner's Daughter - picked by THE TIMES for Best Summer Books for Children 2014.
LOVEREADING4KIDS 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.'
'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, LOVEREADING4KIDS
Jane lives in London's East End, close to the Tower of London and the great, wild River Thames, inspiration for her first book.