John Farndon is the Royal Literary Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and an internationally known author, playwright, poet, composer, songwriter and literary translator.
His dramatic work including plays such as High Risk Zone and Numismata and musicals such as In Love and War and Dreamweaver has been performed at such renowned theatres as the Donmar and Almeida in London and the Salisbury Playhouse and Plymouth Theatre Royal, while his songs have often been selected for showcases, such as Beyond the Gate and shortlisted three times for the Stephen Sondheim prize.
He has written hundreds of books, which have sold millions of copies around the world in most major languages and include many best-sellers, such as the award-winning Do Not Open, which received rave reviews in the USA and became a cult-hit as well as featuring on the New York Times and Washington Post best-seller lists.
In 2010, his book Do You Think You’re Clever? was a worldwide best-seller, reaching the top 20 on Amazon and the top 10 in South Africa, Turkey, Korea, Romania and Germany and was shortlisted for the Society of Authors Education Award. The follow-up The World’s Greatest Idea was selected as one of the top 50 Wish List books of the year in South Africa. The sequel Do You Still Think You’re Clever? is now being translated for publication into Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Turkish.