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Dr Harding was a prolific writer and broadcaster.  During his career, he wrote a weekly column as Jane Dunbar for the News of the World, broadcast frequently on Kaleidoscope, contributed book and record reviews to Punch, The Listener and Literary Review, and, wrote dozens of other articles.

The first venture into books came when he helped Francis Noel-Baker prepare The Land and People of Greece, published in 1957.  For his next project, Harding kept the history theme with his short biography The Duke of Wellington for theInternational Profiles series; turning his attention across the Channel and a generation later (Boulanger was born in Wellington’s twilight), Harding publishedThe Astonishing Adventure of General Boulanger in 1971.  In the same year, Harding produced a biography for The Great Composers series on the Italian composer Rossini.
 
In 1973, an edition of Lord Chesterfield's Letters to His Son was published, edited by Harding.  Almost immediately afterwards, Harding obtained his doctorate and reworked his thesis on Paul Léautaud into Lost Illusions: Paul Léautaud and his world.  Although this was in keeping with Harding’s interests in French culture, Léautaud was neither a composer nor prominent in French theatre, he was a writer who spent most of his career at the centre of the Parisian literary scene.  Perhaps surprisingly, Harding never wrote another book on the Parisian literary scene. 
 
In 1978, Harding ventured into translation, translating Francis Poulenc's Mois et mes amis into English (My Friends and Myself). Harding had already written about Francis Poulenc in The Ox on the Roof, published in 1972, as a member of French group Les Six. 
 
As Harding matured, his interests became more esoteric as marked by the publication of The Rocky Horror Show Book in 1987.  Still considered, by many, to be the definitive guide to The Rocky Horror Show, Harding’s book is a playful and informative history (from 1973 to 1987) of the explosive cult show. 
In the 1990s, Harding developed an interest in Malaysia, made several trips to the country and attempted to learn Malay.  This interest culminated in his co-authored, with Ahmad Sarji, P. Ramlee: The Bright Star, published in 2002.  Given Harding’s interest in both British and French theatre, it is easy to understand his interest in P. Ramlee, described to Harding as the Malay Noël Coward.  Sadly this was Harding’s last published book, although not his last work.  Harding’s last article was published in the October Oldie magazine in 2006.
 
                    
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