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Anthony Horowitz
Born: April 5, 1956
Middlesex, England
Occupation(s): Novelist

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Anthony Horowitz (born April 5 1956) is an English author and television scriptwriter. He writes mainly children's novels, such as the Alex Rider and Diamond Brothers series. He has also written extensively for television, adapting many of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novels for ITV. He also continues to write Foyle's War for ITV.


[edit] Works

[edit] 1978—1991

Horowitz had wanted to be a writer since he was eight, <ref name=ffiction>Template:Cite web</ref> and he realised his dream in 1978 with the publication of his first book, Enter Frederick K Bower. This was followed just a year later by a sequel, The Sinister Secret of Frederick K Bower. 1981 saw Horowitz's third novel, Misha, the Magician and the Mysterious Amulet, published. In 1983 the first of the Pentagram series, The Devil's Door-bell was released. This story saw Martin Hopkins battling an ancient evil that threatened the whole world. Only three of four remaing stories in the series were ever written: The Night of the Scorpion (1984), The Silver Citadel (1986) and Day of the Dragon (1989). In 1988, Groosham Grange was published and won the 1999 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award<ref name="cboty"> Template:Cite web</ref>. This book was partially based on the years Horowitz spent at boarding school. The books star a thirteen year-old "witch" (based on the myth of the seventh child of a seventh child), David Eliot. Like Horowitz, Eliot's childhood is an unhappy one. This book is aimed at a slightly younger audience than Horowitz's previous books. It is thought that J.K.Rowling may have copied this for her 'hogwarts'. This era in Horowitz's career also saw Adventurer (1987) and Starting Out (1990) published. However, the most major release of Horowitz's early career was The Falcon's Malteser (1986). This book was the first in the successful Diamond Brothers series, and was filmed unsuccessfully for television in 1989 as Just Ask For Diamond. It was followed in 1987 Public Enemy Number Two, and by South by South East in 1991. Horowitz also released a collection of rewritten Myths and Legends in 1991.

[edit] 1994—2000

Horowitz wrote many stand-alone novels in the 1990s. 1994's Granny was Horowitz's first book in three years, and it was the first of three books for an audience similar to that of Groosham Grange. The second of these was The Switch, first published in 1996. The third was 1998's The Devil and His Boy, which is set in the Elizabethan era, and the rumour of Elizabeth I's secret son. In 1999, The Unholy Grail was published as a sequel to Groosham Grange. This book was renamed Return to Groosham Grange in 2003, likely to show the sequel relationship. Horowitz Horror (1999) and More Horowitz Horror (2000) saw Horowitz exploring a darker side to his writing. Each book contains a number of short horror stories. Many of these stories were repackaged in twos or threes as the Pocket Horowitz series.

[edit] 2000—

Horowitz began his most famous and successful series in the new millennium: the Alex Rider novels. These books are about a 14-year old boy becoming a spy. Currently, there are six Alex Rider books: Stormbreaker (2000), Point Blanc (2001), Skeleton Key (2002), Eagle Strike (2003), Scorpia (2004) and Ark Angel (2005). All the Alex Rider book have been released in April, one every year (Ark Angel was released on April 1, 2005) However, no seventh book arrived in 2006, presumably due to Horowitz's commitments to the Power of Five series and the Stormbreaker movie, which was released in the U.S. in October 2006. The seventh Alex Rider novel, tentatively titled Snakehead, is still being written. Later in the year, Horowitz plans to travel to such places as Australia and Thailand in research for the novel.

Horowitz also wrote three novellas featuring the Diamond Brothers called The Blurred Man, The French Confection and I Know What You Did Last Wednesday in 2003, which were later republished together in Three of Diamonds (2004). The author information page in early editions of Scorpia claimed that Horowitz had travelled to Australia to research a new Diamond Brothers book, entitled Radius of the Lost Shark. However, this book has not been mentioned since, so it is doubtful it is still planned.

Horowitz has recently branched out to an adult audience with 2004's The Killing Joke, a comedy about a man who tries to track a joke to its source with disastrous consequences. Horowitz's second adult novel, The Magpie Murders, was due out on October 18 2006. This date passed with no further news on the book; all that is known about it is that it will be about "a whodunit writer who is murdered while he's writing his latest whodunit" and "it has an ending which I hope will come as a very nasty surprise". (citation needed) As the initial release date was not met, it is not currently known when The Magpie Murders will be released.

In August 2005, Horowitz released a book called Raven's Gate which begins another series entitled The Power of Five (The Gatekeepers in the United States). He describes it as "Alex Rider with witches and monsters".<ref name="ahorowitz2">Template:Cite web</ref> The second book in the series, Evil Star, was released in April 2006. The third in the series is called Nightrise, and should be released in April 2007. The Power of Five/"Gatekeepers" is a rewritten, modern version of the Pentagram series from the 1980s. Although Pentagram required five books for story development, Horowitz only completed four: The Devil's Door-bell (Raven's Gate), The Night of the Scorpion (Evil Star), The Silver Citadel (Nightrise) and Day of the Dragon. Horowitz was clearly aiming for the same audience that read the Alex Rider novels with these rewrites, yet The Power of Five has failed to gain as much public recognition as Horowitz's earlier works.[citation needed]

[edit] Bibliography

[edit] The Diamond Brothers

[edit] Groosham Grange

[edit] Alex Rider

[edit] Pocket Horowitz

  • 2002 Burnt
  • 2002 Killer Camera
  • 2002 Night Bus
  • 2002 The Phone Goes Dead
  • 2002 Scared
  • 2002 Twist Cottage

[edit] Pentagram

  • 1983 The Devil's Door-Bell
  • 1984 The Night of the Scorpion
  • 1986 The Silver Citadel
  • 1989 Day of the Dragon

[edit] Power of Five

[edit] Novels

[edit] Collections

[edit] Television & Film

Horowitz began writing for television in the 1980s, contributing to the children's anthology series Dramarama, and also writing for the popular fantasy series Robin of Sherwood. His association with murder mysteries began with the adaptation of several Hercule Poirot stories for ITV's popular Agatha Christie's Poirot series during the 1990s.

Often his work has a comic edge, such as with the comic murder anthology Murder Most Horrid (BBC Two, 1991) and the comedy-drama The Last Englishman (1995), starring Jim Broadbent. From 1997, he wrote the majority of the episodes in the early series of Midsomer Murders. In 2001, he created a drama anthology series of his own for the BBC, Murder in Mind, an occasional series which deals with a different set of characters and a different murder every one-hour episode.

He is also less-favourably known for the creation of two short-lived and sometimes derided science-fiction shows, Crime Traveller (1997) for BBC One and The Vanishing Man (pilot 1996, series 1998) for ITV. The successful launch of the Second World War-set detective series Foyle's War in 2002 helped to restore his reputation as one of Britain's foremost writers of popular drama.

Horowitz is the writer of a feature film screenplay, The Gathering, which was released in 2002 and starred Christina Ricci. He also personally wrote the screenplay for the first Alex Rider movie, Stormbreaker.

[edit] Footnotes

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