John Howlett

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John Howlett
Born(1940-04-04)4 April 1940
Died4 March 2019(2019-03-04) (aged 78)
OccupationScreenwriter, author
Alma materJesus College, Oxford
Notable worksif....; Cry; Love Of An Unknown Soldier
ChildrenIsabel, Suzanne

John Howlett (4 April 1940 – 4 March 2019)[1] was an English author and screenwriter who lived in Rye, East Sussex.

He started his writing career by co-writing the screenplay of the 1968 feature film if...., directed by Lindsay Anderson.[2]


Howlett attended Tonbridge School and Jesus College, Oxford where he studied history.[citation needed]

Screenwriting Credits[edit]

His writing credits cover film and TV and include both writing and adaptation.[2]

Other Work[edit]

He was also a researcher on the 1975 TV documentary James Dean: The First American Teenager. He is the author of the 1980 biography of Frank Sinatra, together with a biography of James Dean and a number of works of fiction.

His full book credits are:[3]


  • The Christmas Spy (1975)
  • Tango November (1976)
  • Maximum Credible Accident (1980)
  • Orange (1985)
  • Murder of a Moderate Man (1985)
  • Cry (1995)
  • Love Of An Unknown Soldier (2010)
  • A Long Road Home (2012)
  • When War Came Again (2012)
  • First Snow Of Winter (2012)

Non fiction

  • James Dean (1975)
  • Frank Sinatra (1979)


  • Dean - West End musical with Robert Campbell. Subsequently produced in Japan by the Takarazuka Revue
  • Lorca - Musical with Theo Jaskolkowski & Robert Campbell

Radio - (BBC Radio 4)

  • Soldier, Poor man, Beggarman, Thief
  • Next Man Through the Door
  • Gone for Soldiers
  • Maximum Credible Accident


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