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

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 also collaborated on a musical drama with composer Theo Jaskowski – the life and death of Federico Garcia Lorca.

Read John’s obituary in The Guardian here

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