Michael was born in Mayaro on 10th February, 1930 and attended the Mayaro Roman Catholic School. He often tells, of how the Mayaro landscape, later provided much inspiration for his books. Being born in such a beautiful place he says has always given him thoughts of being a writer in order to describe it. This is a task he feels he is yet to accomplish.
When Michael was eleven, he spent a year in San Fernando and the story of this year inspired his second novel, “The Year in San Fernando.” This novel went on to be assigned as an English literature text book for several years in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago.
Michael could be said to have begun his career at 23, when he began having poems published in the Trinidad Guardian. Although his first love was poetry he looked forward to writing prose. At 24, in 1954, he went to England, where he began writing short stories for a BBC literary program for West Indian writers, called “Caribbean Voices.”
As a result of the closure of the program in 1958, he made his first attempt at a novel. Not finding that particular attempt satisfactory, he tried another. This work focused on the annual “Southern Games” at Guaracara Park, Pointe-à-Pierre, which he became familiar with while he worked there at the oil refinery.
The publication of this novel set him on the road he had always wanted. He then authored the well known books “The Year in San Fernando,” (1965) and “Green Days by the River” (1968) Illness caused him to leave the cold English climate in 1968, and finding no job at home in Trinidad he opted to go to Brazil. There he spent two years. Because of a number of considerations including economic and family, he returned to Trinidad in 1970 and has been here ever since.
Dr. Anthony probably best known for writing Green Days by the River has received among other accolades; the Humming Bird gold medal at the National Awards ceremony of August 31, 1979, as well as the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) at the University of the West Indies(Graduation Exercises of October 31, 2003).
Up to the moment he has written 30 books. The most recent of which are Builders of the Nation of Trinidad and Tobago 2012, and Christopher Columbus, the Man and His Voyages (2012) and The Briefcase 2013
NALIS (the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago) was kind to him in 2003 to install, under their auspices, a full collection of his work in the NALIS library at Pierreville, Mayaro, and they even indulged him in 2005 when they purchased some of his later papers, being housed at their headquarters library in Port-of-Spain. (Some of his earlier papers had been acquired by the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine in 2003).