Alex Howard's favourite authors and inspirations:

TS Eliot, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, watching Andrew Neill on the Daily/Sunday Politics, Ripley in the Alien films, early Jefferson Airplane, James Lee Burke, Len Deighton, Georges Perec, Chinese kung fu/martial arts movies, Mo Hayder, Jonathan Meades,William Blake, Angela Carter, Hawkwind, Jorge Luis Borges, Delia Smith, HP Lovecraft, Francis Bacon, The Flavour Thesaurus (Niki Segnit), Joseph Beuys, Practical Cookery 9th Edition Ceserani, Kinton & Foskett.

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Cooking and baking bread, cakes etc. Particularly proud of his sourdough.

Keeping fit, he likes yoga, cycling, gym-work and boxing.

Eating out, particularly with former chef colleagues, to discuss the food.

Learning languages, specifically French, German & Italian.

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Alex Howard was born in Lambeth, London in 1961. He grew up in Buckinghamshire, Bourne End and was educated at grammar school in Marlow & then studied Arabic and Islamic History at St Peter's College Oxford and Edinburgh University.

He spent three years teaching for the British Council in the Middle East and taught TEFL in London for many years.

Whilst at home looking after his children, he re-trained as a chef and worked in a variety of kitchens, from restaurants to conference centres.

He has written the Hanlon books for Head of Zeus and has written two books for Harper Collins.

He is currently writing for Boldwood Books.

Alex Howard is married with two children.


Alex Howard also writes under the name HVCoombs. Click on the pencil to visit the website.

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