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Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr.... show more



Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson." What that means exactly is unclear — "My father was a very secretive man," he says— so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy, withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found. That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character, was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls. A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories running into the thousands&. I was an astoundingly large, round child&." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school, a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up tales of astounding revenge and retribution. Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has just finished production. And&oh yes&there are more Alex Rider novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

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Birth date: 1956-04-05
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XOX rated it 1 week ago
The way it is set up is pretty clever. There is a crime writer who had sent his latest manuscript to the editor. The editor is reading it with the reader. On the 60% of the book, it stopped. The final chapters are missing. So the editor in the book starts to find out the chapters. In the me...
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XOX rated it 2 weeks ago
Short and sweet book. With a lot of humors a 9 yr old would enjoy. Playing with words and being clueless is how Tim Diamond worked on a case. A spy came to the office and asked to use the telephone. The brothers had no money and didn't pay the phone bill. So, they asked the spy to use a phone ...
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XOX rated it 1 month ago
Finding Nemo Alex Rider version. With more actions. I thought this is the last book. So happy that new one is coming soon. Alex Rider lost Jack in the last adventure. Now he thought he got some vague hints that Jack might still be alive. And it is all a cruel trick on him to let him feel the...
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XOX rated it 2 months ago
Not bad. Not great. But not bad. The look and feel of the illustration is a bit too "straight forward" and lack a certain "style" and personality. It is more like a complementary textbook illustration to the text. (Sorry). Read the book before and it is a nice way to enjoy this book in a diff...
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XOX rated it 3 months ago
Alex Rider has found a drug dealer in his school and tried to catch the drug dealer. MI6 has bailed him out only to use him as an undercover agent to infiltrate a French school for rich kids. The plot thicken as this special school has more guards than students. So what's going on? Alex foun...
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