0 Anthony Horowitz's life might
have been copied from the
pages of Charles Dickens or the
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.
0 As unlikely as it might
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
0 His mother, whom he
adored, eccentrically gave him
a human skull for his 13th
0 His grandmother, another
Dickensian character, was
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
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
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
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
Writing to Escape
0 To relieve his misery and
that of the other boys, he
began to make up tales of
astounding revenge and
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.
0 Anthony lives in north London with
his wife Jill Green, a TV
producer, their sons Nicholas and
Cassian and his pet
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
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
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".
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