John Howlett (4 April 1940 – 4 March 2019) 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 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 several 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.

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John Howlett