ANTHONY HOWARTH was born in 1938, in north-west England. By the time he was seven he thought that the world at war was the norm and THAT when “peace” came there would be no more “news” on the radio.
His formative years, seven to seventeen, were spent on a hill farm estate high in the Pennines. Flash flooding wooded valleys and, above the tree line, huge bleak limestone outcrops. A lot of sheep.
He went to boarding schools, studied engineering at Cambridge (MA Cantab, Mechanical Sciences Tripos) and, as a student, competed in cross-country and middle-distance running and developed parallel passions for photography and filmmaking and for engineering.
Anthony Howarth began travelling in his teens. In the nineteen fifties he travelled widely in Europe on the UK government's diminutive post-war foreign currency travel allowance – initially just ten British pounds, and later twenty-five pounds sterling, a year.
Since then he has visited, lived in or worked in 127 countries, many of them several times. He has had substantial careers in photography (British Press Photographer of the Year – Photo Essay), filmmaking (Golden Globe and Oscar nominations) and engineering (Africar and Solar Utility Vehicles).
Latterly, Anthony Howarth lived and travelled, for fifteen years, with his wife, People, aboard a small 1950s wooden sailing boat.
He has six children from two former marriages and fourteen grandchildren (and still counting). He now lives in France with People and, yes, a cat, and he writes about “life as an adventure”.
Anthony Howarth is currently writing his autobiography as the BOAT, PEOPLE AND ME series of books and radio episodes. In this series he brings together the strands of his varied life, including the dramatic story of THE AFRICAR AFFAIR. He is also expanding his TRAVELLER series of poetry.
Always a builder and in search of new horizons, presently he is lengthening and renovating his boat with the intention of selling up (again!) and sailing away. This time solar-electric cruising European canals, rivers and coastal waters.
Recently an old friend of his from California inspired him to re-kindle (for the third or fourth time) the campaign for production of his more than 35 year old Solar Utility and Solar Hybrid Vehicle concepts.
"I was on a sail boat, a few hundred metres beyond the breakwater at Puerto Mogán, in the Spanish Canary Islands. We were en route to the Island of Grenada in the Caribbean. To remove the temptation I threw 4000 duty-free cigarettes overboard.”
– and the adventure goes on.