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Howard Cunnell

My Story

Howard’s first novel ‘Marine Boy’ was published by Soul Bay Press in 2007. A revised version of ‘Marine Boy’ was published on 1st August 2021!


Howard Cunnell’s acclaimed memoir Fathers and Sons (Picador, 2017) was read on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, and described as ‘unique, and uniquely beautiful’ (Financial Times); it explores his experiences as a fatherless man raising a transgender son.


His novel The Sea on Fire (Picador, 2012), ‘maps new noir territory in an incandescent underwater world’ (Guardian), and draws from Cunnell’s life as a dive guide and scuba instructor. He is the contributing editor of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road -The Original Scroll (Viking, 2007), which the New York Times called ‘the living version for our time.’ His third novel, The Painter’s Friend, is published by Picador.


Howard Cunnell lives in Sussex.

Marin Boy - New edition

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