Here are ten facts about Anthony Horowitz, the English children’s novelist and screenwriter.
- Anthony Horowitz was born on 5th April 1955 in Middlesex, England.
- As a child he used to tell stories to his friends at boarding school. He loved Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley , and he knew he wanted to be a writer from the age of 8.
- He has two sons, Nicholas and Cassian.
- His first book was published in 1979. It was called The Sinister Secret of Frederick K Bower.
- In 2000 the first of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider books was published. This was called Stormbreaker. There are nine Alex Rider books in total and Stormbreaker has been made into film.
- Horowitz has written many scripts for television. In the 1980s, he wrote for the Robin of Sherwood series. In the 1990s he adapted several of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot stories. He also wrote the World War 2 TV drama, Foyle’s War.
- His novel for adults, Mindgame, was released in 2001 and was adpted for the stage in 2008.
- His three tips for writing fiction are: (1) Read more. (2) Write more. (3) Believe in yourself.
- One of his favourite books is Great Exectations by Charles Dickens.
- He listens to a lot of classical music, such as: Chopin, Benjamin Britten and Mozart.
A List of the Alex Rider Books by Anthony Horowitz
- Point Blanc
- Skeleton Key
- Eagle Strike
- Ark Angel
- Crocodile Tears
- Scorpia Rising
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