Anthony Horowitz Essay

2280 Words10 Pages Craig Horowitz is an English novelist and screenwriter. He was born 5 April 1956. He has written many novels, including The Power of Five, Alex Rider and The Diamond Brothers series and has written over fifty books. He has also written for television, adapting many of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novels for the ITV series. I found this interesting as in my last year’s folder of work was on Agatha Christie and I have watched many of the series’ before and find then excellent. Anthony Horowitz was born in 1955 in Stanmore, Middlesex, into a wealthy Jewish family. He was raised in a wealthy household and lived an upper-class lifestyle. His father acted as a "fixer" for Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Facing bankruptcy, Horowitz's father removed his wealth from his bank accounts and hid it under a pseudonym. He then died and the family was never able to track down the missing money despite years of trying. As an overweight and unhappy child, Horowitz enjoyed reading books from his father's library. At the age of eight, Horowitz was sent to the boarding school Orley Farm in Harrow, Middlesex. There, he entertained his peers by telling them the stories he had read.[3] Horowitz described his time in the school as "a brutal experience", recalling that he was often whipped by the headmaster. Horowitz adored his mother, who introduced him to Frankenstein and Dracula. She also gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. From the age of eight, Horowitz knew he wanted to be a writer, realising "The only time when I'm totally happy is when I'm writing". He graduated from the University of York with a BA in English literature in 1977. Writing Career Anthony Horowitz's first book, The Sinister Secret of Frederick K Bower, was a

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