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PRESENTS:
Childhood
0 Anthony Horowitz's life might
have been copied from the
pages of Charles Dickens or the
Brothers Grimm.
0 Born...
Tragedy
0 As unlikely as it might
seem, Anthony's
father, threatened with
bankruptcy, withdrew all of
his money from Swiss...
Strange Relations
0 His mother, whom he
adored, eccentrically gave him
a human skull for his 13th
birthday.
0 His grandmot...
Miserable Childhood
0 A miserably unhappy and overweight
child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for
solace. "Family meals," he...
Writing to Escape
0 To relieve his misery and
that of the other boys, he
began to make up tales of
astounding revenge and
...
Family life
0 Anthony lives in north London with
his wife Jill Green, a TV
producer, their sons Nicholas and
Cassian and h...
A Strong Work Ethic
0 He writes in a comfortable
shed in his garden for up to
ten hours per day.
0 In addition to the high...
The Devil and His Boy
0 Anthony Horowitz wrote The
Devil and His Boy in 1998. The
book is set in Tudor times
during the re...
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  1. 1. PRESENTS:
  2. 2. Childhood 0 Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. 0 Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, England to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. 0 His father, a wealthy businessman, was, "a very secretive man,“ Horowitz says, -- so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds him.
  3. 3. Tragedy 0 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. 0 His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found.
  4. 4. Strange Relations 0 His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. 0 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. 0 "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls
  5. 5. Miserable Childhood 0 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." 0 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. 0 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. 0 "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."
  6. 6. Writing to Escape 0 To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he began to make up tales of astounding revenge and retribution. 0 Today, 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.
  7. 7. Family life 0 Anthony lives in north London with his wife Jill Green, a TV producer, their sons Nicholas and Cassian and his pet Labrador, Looney. 0 His whole family gets involved in his writing. Jill has produced several of Anthony's scripts. 0 His son Cassian is already a seasoned actor, having appeared in three of his shows, and Nicholas, his oldest son, has helped Anthony to research the Alex Rider books by trying his hand at everything from scuba-diving to snowboarding and surfing!
  8. 8. A Strong Work Ethic 0 He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. 0 In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. 0 And oh yes; there are more Alex Rider novels in the works.
  9. 9. The Devil and His Boy 0 Anthony Horowitz wrote The Devil and His Boy in 1998. The book is set in Tudor times during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and follows the adventures of young Tom Falconer he escapes from an abusive home and tries to elude an relentless assassin, all while meeting several prominent figures of the time. 0 A reviewer wrote that the book was "rollicking, often fanciful fun ...despite the inclusion of some rather gory details".
  10. 10. A NUTSY THE SQUIRREL PRODUCTION COPYRIGHT 2013 OAK HILLS MEDIA CENTER ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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