Born in Jerusalem in 1965, the author Henry Neild was brought up in several war-torn famine-struck countries. As an adult, he has lived and worked in countries as diverse as America, Malawi, Switzerland and Lebanon, and currently lives in Lisbon, Portugal. He travels with his Patterdale terrier, Mister Bonaparte, and has two children, Shea, aged 24, and Isabella, aged 11.
Having turned his back on formal education at 16, Henry completed two courses in France and entered the film business aged 17, working night shifts in Soho for Rank Video Services. Within two years, he was working as a freelance Film Location Manager (credits include a Working Title film ‘Paperhouse’), aged only 20. In 1988, he joined forces with Fierce Vision in Wapping, innovating the commercial uses for video within the fashion industry. Finding himself caught up in the Bosnian war while filming a pilot that retraces the steps of the first Crusaders, he was soon back in recession-hit England. He was next researching further documentaries, travelling the south and south-west counties with a horse and cart.
In the early Nineties, after a year on the road, Henry worked on dozens of music videos for bands such as Oasis, Pulp, Moby, Phil Collins and Boyzone and then took himself back to college, where he studied Agricultural Business and Finance. This led to working in Africa, where, amongst other things, he grew tobacco for Malawi’s then dictator, Kamuzu Banda. Henry went on to become a rural property developer and wine exporter in South Africa and then spent four years setting up an innovative web-based conduit for commercial property owners and filmmakers in the UK.
Henry has written a huge number of scripts for Fierce Vision and Sky Travel, as well as articles for magazines including Hampshire Life, Flybe and Society. He has also produced a series of concept poetry albums with Hugh Vickers of The Orb.
Henry’s interests include walking the droves of England, gardening, cooking and horseracing. He is a keen tennis player and ocean swimmer.