Meeting Henry Howarth, author of Learn How To Solve Cryptic Crosswords

This week I’d like to welcome someone a little different to our Thursday Throng author interview. Henry Howarth has been interested in cryptic crosswords since he was a child and has finally put his years of experience to great use by writing the ultimate guide to how you go about solving them. Henry’s book is a beginner’s course called Learn How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords.

The Henry Howarth Interview

Henry HowarthWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I used to compile the crossword for Melody Maker magazine during the 80s.

How did you choose a title for your book?

By working out what would make sense to prospective readers, and avoiding titles that had already been used.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

A music composer

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Finding my way through the self-publishing process

What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?

Becoming a father

What was the most important thing you learned at school?


Have you had to learn new skills and tricks or attempted impossible feats in order to get a book finished?

How to prepare a manuscript in Word, including diagrams, tables, blank pages, section breaks (aaagh!!) etc.

How to design the layout of a book cover.

Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?

Mortgaging the present by planning for the future.


Cryptic Crosswords Front CoverWhere can you find out more about Henry and his book?

You can find Learn How To Solve Cryptic Crosswords in paperback format here:

You can also meet him on his website at:


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  1. The Thursday Throng is a great idea and I am very pleased to see Learn How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords making an appearing here today.