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National press reviews:
`John Harding's 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 rewritten by Edgar Allan Poe. Plotted to the last detail, it is punctuated with an ominous image of flawed innocence: a black rook on white snow. Nothing prepares you for the chillingly ruthless but - in retrospect - inevitable finale.'
The Times
`It is a brave writer who will take on Henry James, but John Harding's publishers trumpet his debt to The Turn of the Screw. Fortunately, however, Harding rings enough ingenious changes on James's study of perversity to produce his own full-blown Gothic horror tale. Florence's often very personal narrative powerfully and convincingly conveys the vulnerability of children faced with terror.'
The Independent
`Nodding to Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, John Harding's fourth novel is a tight gothic thriller about governesses and their frightened charges. The climax becomes unbearably tense. Florence (the 12-year-old heroine and narrator) feels the horror of her situation "cheese-grating" her soul, which is just how Harding leaves the reader feeling at the end of this creepily suggestive story.'
Financial Times
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Florence and Giles by John Harding (Hardcover - 4 Mar. 2010)
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