John Tagholm was born in Cardiff where he remained just long enough to be christened in Llandaff Cathedral. Then followed five years in Hull before moving to London where he has been ever since.
After leaving the University of Kent he responded to a newspaper advertisement which would now be considered non-pc: ‘Children’s writer needs assistant. Pipe-smokers and those with beards need not apply.’ He was neither and so became Hawk-eye to Big Chief I-SPY, the writer of the famous series of factual books for children. Within weeks he was writing the regular I-SPY column in the Daily Mail and went on to produce several of the books, including I-SPY Football, Cricket, At The Airport, Birds, Foreign Coins and Cats, a valuable grounding for the world of fiction writing which was to follow later.
After spells at the IBA, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (now Ofcom), John joined Thames Television in 1976 and stayed for thirteen years, working first in sport and then in the documentary and features department. For several years he was programme editor of the pioneering daytime programme, Afternoon Plus which later transferred to Channel 4 as Mavis on 4. When Thames lost its franchise he formed Pineapple Productions and became an independent producer, making programmes for the BBC, ITV and several of the newly emerging digital channels.
He has written all his working life, for newspapers, magazines, radio and television. There was a long gap between Football: How Much Do You Really Know?, published by Independent Television Books in the 70s and No Identifiable Remains, his first work of fiction. Bad Marriage, though, followed quickly with Parallel Lives close behind. A Girl Called Flotsam was published in 2017. elsewhere, his first non-fiction was published in 2013.
The Value of Nothing is published in October 2019.