He used to play in central positions, up front or at the back, since he used to be seen as ‘all right in the air’. Now that he can leap only like a middle-aged salmon, he fall into the category of  ‘seasoned utility player’ – an old head on old shoulders above legs that feel twice as old again. He talks a lot during games rather like his boyhood icon, Denis Allen of Reading.

Haydn was born in Reading, Berkshire in 1955.
With an English mother and Welsh father he was eligible to represent either country at the beautiful game but until this twilight of his career he has been consistently overlooked by the selectors. He has published seven novels for adults since 1987’s The People In The Picture, most of them featuring at least an element of fantasy, while eking out a living writing schoolbooks for children on subjects ranging from Alan Shearer to Jellyfish. His fantasy-football series for children, Come and Have a Go, is based on a parallel-universe Reading FC – the club he has supported from Third Division mediocrity in 1964 to their current Premiership zenith. Between 1985 and 2006 he took a sabbatical from serious playing and although once quite good in the air, he now leaps rather like a middle-aged salmon and falls into the category of ‘mouthy seasoned veteran’.
He has taught and lectured on creative writing in England, Greece, Australia and the USA. Mainly, though, he has eked out a living writing schoolbooks for children, their subject matter ranging from Roman Britain and Ancient Myth to the lives of Princess Diana, George Orwell and Alan Shearer to Body Bugs, Volcanoes and Jellyfish. He has also written a fair amount of propaganda for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office – usually on the subject of this country’s history and sport – most of which would have been available to Italian readers through the embassy in Rome.

Haydn Middleton è nato a Reading nel 1955. Dopo la laurea al New College di Oxford, ha dapprima lavorato nella pubblicità per poi dedicarsi allo studio e all’insegnamento della storia. I suoi interessi spaziano dai miti e dalle leggende inglesi alle biografie di illustri personaggi contemporanei. È autore di numerosi saggi per adulti e bambini. Prima dell’Ultima fiaba dei fratelli Grimm ha scritto altri cinque romanzi di successo. Vive a Oxford con la sua famiglia.

1. The King's Evil (1995)
2. The Queen's Captive (1996)
3. The Knight's Vengeance (1997)

The People in the Picture (1987)
Son of Two Worlds (1987)
The Collapsing Castle (1990)
Grimm's Last Fairytale (1999)

Non fiction
Roald Dahl: An Unauthorized Biography (1998) (with John Rowley) (see Roald Dahl)
Heinemann Profiles: R. L. Stine (2000) (see R L Stine)

Anthologies containing stories by Haydn Middleton
I Shudder at Your Touch (1992)

 British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1999) : Grimm's Last Fairytale

Libri di in italiano:

L' ultima fiaba dei fratelli Grimm (Capriolo, 2003)