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Barnaby Howarth, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Type 1 diabetic & stroke survivor Barnaby Howarth was three-quarters through writing his autobiography in 2005 when he had a stroke and was placed on life support after being bashed outside a nightclub in Sydney. When he recovered, he finished writing his manuscript and had it self-published, but couldn’t shake the feeling he’d let himself down. He didn’t feel like he’d done his story justice, but now he’s finished what he started and is telling his story in Playing in the Puddles. He has teamed up with author Julie Lewthwaite to write his biography – the story of a man who loved the life he was living so much, that being diagnosed with diabetes at 14 then having a stroke at 25 couldn’t knock him off the path he wanted to walk. 

When Barnaby was 10, he wanted to be somebody – he didn’t think a “normal” life was good enough. Even when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 14, his ambitions didn’t change. Then when he was 18, he was drafted into the AFL by the Sydney Swans, and thought this was at the start of his journey to becoming a somebody. When he was 25, he was out having a drink with some friends, and one of those mates made one bad decision and Barnaby was king hit from behind then kicked in the head while he was lying on the ground unconscious. A week later, Barnaby had a stroke and was placed on life-support that his parents were told they might have to switch off, and his family and friends were told to come and say goodbye. When he came out of his coma four days later, he was in a world of uncertainty – would he ever get a job again? Would he drive a car? Would he meet a girl and get married? He now realised a “normal” life wasn’t only good enough, it was something to be proud of. 

When he was back on his feet, he went back to his “normal” life – he graduated from University with a diploma in journalism and had his autobiography published, then he set his sights higher – he went to Africa and filmed, narrated, edited and directed a documentary, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and filmed another documentary on that trip, then made an AFL comeback so he could reach his 100th game for his local club (he was on 96 games when he had the stroke). Later that year he was inducted into the Sydney AFL Hall of Fame, and is now proud to be living a “normal” life again. He got his drivers’ licence back, has been wakeboarding with his mates, and married the girl of his dreams. This book tells the story of a man who is proud to be living a normal life. 

Anybody who feels that “normal” isn’t enough needs to read this book.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Barnaby Howarth whose book Playing in the Puddles moved me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love memoirs but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Barnaby, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Barnaby will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Barnaby Howarth!

Type 1 diabetic & stroke survivor Barnaby Howarth was three-quarters through writing his autobiography in 2005 when he had a stroke and was placed on life support after being bashed outside a nightclub in Sydney. When he recovered, he finished writing his manuscript and had it self-published, but couldn’t shake the feeling he’d let himself down. He didn’t feel like he’d done his story justice, but now he’s finished what he started and is telling his story in Playing in the Puddles – the story of a man who loved the life he was living so much, that being diagnosed with diabetes at 14 then having a stroke at 25 couldn’t knock him off the path he wanted to walk. When Barnaby was 10, he wanted to be somebody – he didn’t think a “normal” life was good enough. Even when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, his ambitions didn’t change. When he was 18, he was drafted into the AFL by the Sydney Swans, and thought this was the start of his journey to becoming a somebody. When he was 25, he was out having a drink with some friends, and one of those mates made one bad decision and Barnaby was king hit from behind then kicked in the head while he was lying on the ground unconscious. A week later, Barnaby had a stroke and was placed on life-support that his parents were told they might have to switch off, and his family and friends were told to come and say goodbye. When he came out of his coma four days later, he was in a world of uncertainty – would he ever get a job again? Would he drive a car? Would he meet a girl and get married? He now realised a “normal” life wasn’t only good enough, it was something to be proud of. When he was back on his feet, he went back to his “normal” life – he graduated from University with a diploma in journalism and had his autobiography published, then he set his sights higher – he went to Africa and filmed, narrated, edited and directed a documentary, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and filmed another documentary on that trip, then made an AFL comeback so he could reach his 100th game for his local club (he was on 96 games when he had the stroke). Later that year he was inducted into the Sydney AFL Hall of Fame, and is now proud to be living a “normal” life again. He got his drivers’ licence back, has been wakeboarding with his mates, and married the girl of his dreams. This book tells the story of a man who is proud to be living a normal life. Anybody who feels that “normal” isn’t enough needs to read this book 

Now, how wonderful does Barnaby sound?! Barnaby is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Barnaby’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Barnaby, I hope that you enjoy Barnaby’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

When I was three-quarters through writing my autobiography in 2005 I had a stroke and was placed on life support after being bashed outside a nightclub in Sydney. When I recovered, I finished writing my manuscript and had it self-published, but couldn’t shake the feeling I’d let myself down. I didn’t feel like I’d done my story justice, but now I’ve finished what I started and I’m telling my story in Playing in the Puddles

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

LOVE the journey.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?

Gets your inner-most thoughts in the public domain

What is your writing process like?

Haphazard

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

Varies

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

LOVE autobiographies – especially Viktor Frankl, Bob Dylan & Andre Agassi

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

No more books, but I’ve started hosting a monthly interview show – Everyday Greatness – that asks if greatness is a mystical x-factor only a few possess or is it inside all of us… …if we just know where to look.

Everyday Greatness is live streamed at 10 am (Sydney time) on the 1st Saturday of every month at http://www.barnabyhowarth.com.au/everyday-greatness/.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Barnaby! If you have liked what you have read about Barnaby and are interested in learning more about Barnaby and reading Barnaby’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Playing in the Puddles: Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Barnaby Howarth: Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – YouTube – Website

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