Anthony Horowitz is a highly respected British author known for his extensive work in various genres, including mystery, suspense, and young adult fiction.

He has written over 50 books, including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which has sold an estimated 21 million copies worldwide.

Horowitz is also an acclaimed writer for adults. He was commissioned to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty.

Additionally, he was tasked by the Ian Fleming Estate to write continuation novels for James Bond, resulting in three more novels about the exploits of 007.

His award-winning novel Magpie Murders was published in 2016 and, starring Lesley Manville, was adapted for TV in 2023. The sequel, Moonflower Murders, will air in September 2024.

His new series featuring Detective Hawthorne and a sidekick named Anthony Horowitz includes five books, with the author stating that he hopes to write 12 in the series!

In television, Anthony Horowitz has created and written some of the UK's most beloved series, including Midsomer Murders and the award-winning drama series Foyle's War.

Anthony Horowitz

Mini Biography

Horowitz was born on April 5, 1955, in Stanmore, Middlesex, England. He developed a passion for storytelling at an early age, influenced by classic adventure stories and detective fiction.

He attended Orley Farm Preparatory School and later Harrow School. He pursued his higher education at the University of York, where he earned a degree in English Literature and Art History.

His professional writing career began in television, where he created and wrote several successful series.

His work on TV shows like Robin of Sherwood and Poirot helped him hone his skills in crafting compelling narratives and intricate plots. This experience laid the foundation for his transition into novel writing.

Marriage and Family

Anthony Horowitz married Jill Green, a television producer, in 1988. The couple has two sons, Nicholas and Cassian.

Jill's background in television has often intersected with Anthony's work, particularly in the adaptation of his novels for the screen.

Their strong partnership and shared interests have supported Horowitz's prolific output and diverse career.

Literary & TV Achievements

Anthony Horowitz's books have sold millions of copies worldwide, captivating readers with their gripping plots and memorable characters.

His influence extends beyond literature, with successful adaptations of his work for television and film. Horowitz continues to write, bringing new stories to his ever-growing audience.

He remains an active writer and continues to add to his various series, delighting fans with new adventures and mysteries.

Over the course of his career he has received numerous awards and recognitions, reflecting his talent and contributions to literature and television. 

  1. New York Times Bestselling Author: Many of Horowitz's books, particularly his Alex Rider series, have been bestsellers.

  2. British Book Awards: "Stormbreaker," the first book in the Alex Rider series, won the Red House Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Book of the Year Award.

  3. Edgar Awards: Horowitz received nominations for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, a prestigious honor in the field of mystery writing.

  4. British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA): Horowitz's television series "Foyle's War" won the Lew Grade Audience Award, and the show itself received several BAFTA nominations.

  5. Crime Writers' Association (CWA) Dagger Awards: Horowitz has been recognized by the CWA, one of the leading organizations for crime writers.

  6. National Television Awards: "Foyle's War" and other series have garnered nominations and wins, reflecting their popularity and critical acclaim.

  7. OBE & CBE: He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours, both for services to literature.

  8. Specsavers National Book Awards: Horowitz's works have been nominated for and won various categories at these awards.

  9. BookTrust: Horowitz received the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for his contributions to children's literature.


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  • The Word Is Murder (2017)
  • The Sentence Is Death (2019)
  • A Line to Kill (2021)
  • The Twist of a Knife (2022)
  • Close to Death (2024)
  • Stormbreaker (2000)
  • Point Blanc (2001)
  • Skeleton Key (2002)
  • Eagle Strike (2003)
  • Scorpia (2004)
  • Ark Angel (2005)
  • Snakehead (2007)
  • Crocodile Tears (2009)
  • Scorpia Rising (2011)
  • Russian Roulette (2013)
  • Never Say Die (2017)
  • Nightshade (2020)
  • Nightshade Revenge (2023)
  • The House of Silk (2011)
  • Moriarty (2014)
  • Magpie Murders (2016)
  • Moonflower Murders (2020)
  • Trigger Mortis (2015)
  • Forever and a Day (2018)
  • With a Mind to Kill (2022)


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