John Howlett

Author - Scriptwriter - Biographer - Dramatist

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When War Came Again When War Came Again Cry by John Howlett Cry Love of an Unknown Soldier Love of an Unknown Soldier The Christmas Spy by John Howlett John Howlett - Bookshop

Last Snow
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First Snow of  Winter


John Howlett - Bookshop John Howlett - Bookshop

4 April 1940 – 4 March 2019

Read John’s obituary in The Guardian here

John was a novelist, biographer and writer for film, radio, television and stage.  Together with David Sherwin he created If…., One of the key films in British cinema history.  He wrote biographies of James Dean (recently re-issued - see Bookshop) and Frank Sinatra.  His television credits include Murder of a Moderate Man, the adaptation of Len Deighton’s Game, Set and Match, and Roy Battersby’s revival of Doomwatch in Winter Angel.  With Robert Campbell, John wrote the musical Dean - the short triumph and tragedy of the actor James Dean, performed in London’s West End and in Japan for many years. John and Robert, with the composer Theo Jaskolowski wrote a musical drama on the life and death of Federico Garcia Lorca.

John Howlett’s novels in the Harry Cardwell series, follow a group of families and friends from the First World War through the 20th Century.  See Bookshop.

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