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Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK today. He is a born polymath; juggling writing books, TV series, movies, plays and journalism.

Anthony has written over 35 books, including the bestselling teenage spy series ALEX RIDER, which he adapted into a movie released worldwide in 2006. The nine ALEX RIDER novels have sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. Published in November 2011, THE HOUSE OF SILK was a huge success worldwide. THE POWER OF FIVE sequence, to which OBLIVION is the epic conclusion, has a broad readership, ranging from young fans through to adult.

Anthony is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK's most beloved and successful TV series, producing the first seven episodes of MIDSOMER MURDERS. He is the writer and creator of the BAFTA award-winning drama series FOYLE'S WAR. Filming begins on the next series of FOYLE'S WAR this summer for broadcast in 2013. Anthony has also written other original complex dramas for ITV, including COLLISION (which aired in 2009 and reached seven million viewers a night during its five night run) and INJUSTICE (transmitted in 2011 to widespread acclaim).

Anthony is currently working with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, writing the sequel to TINTIN. He is also working on another screenplay for Warner Brothers.

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers on subjects ranging from politics to education. Amongst many plaudits, he was especially thrilled in 2011 to be presented with a gold BLUE PETER badge, celebrating his body of writing for young people.

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What keeps you writing for a younger audience?

Which book required the most research?


Do you miss your characters?

Do you plan to write anymore books for young adults?


Highs and lows of being an author?

How does travel influence your writing?


How important is it to have a standout book?

How important is your family in helping you write?


How well do you know your characters before you start writing?

How do you to turn inspiration into writing?


What advice would you give for aspiring writers?

What is your working day like?


Which book is the most challenging to write?

Which do you prefer screenplay or novel writing?


How do you approach writing the Tintin screenplay?

Which Tintin Books feature in the sequel?


Introducing Anthony Horotwitz, with question and answer discussion

Anthony Horowitz VC