Born of an Italian mother and English father, his wife Sicilian, John Howlett was a novelist, biographer and dramatist for film, radio, television and theatre. He lived in Rye, East Sussex.
John read history at Jesus College, Oxford, where with his school friend from Tonbridge, David Sherwin, they created the screenplay for Lindsay Anderson’s ‘If…’, one of the key films of British cinema.
John Howlett’s television credits include Murder of a Moderate Man, the adaptation of Len Deighton’s Games, Set and Match, and roy Battersby’s revival of ‘Doomwatch’ in Winter Angel. With Robert Campbell, he also wrote the stage musical ‘Dean’, performed in London’s West End - the triumph and tragedy of the young Hollywood actor James Dean. They have again collaborated on a new musical drama - the life and death of Federico Garcia Lorca, Theo Jaskowski, the composer.
The Harry Cardwell series of books take the reader on an emotional journey through the 20th Century following the lives of Harry and Annie: the haunting return from war to a world no longer relevant their grim experience, where neither of their individual backgrounds are compatible with their love, whether in the Cheviot wilds of Northumberland or the city streets of East Coast America, or indeed post-revolution Mexico, or the growing brutality of fascist Italy. See Bookshop for details.