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Anthony Horowitz - live webchat Tuesday 10th November, 12 - 1pm

(126 Posts)
RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 05-Nov-09 11:14:10

International best-selling children's author Anthony Horowitz is joining us for a live webchat on Tuesday 10th November between 12 and 1pm. Crocodile Tears, the eighth book in the Alex Rider series will be published in November, and 'Collision', Anthony's new 5-part drama series is soon to hit the screens on ITV1. If you have a question for Anthony, or you have a fervent AH fan at home, post your advance questions on this thread or join us next Tuesday.

Hello Anthony,

I thought, given my mumsnet nickname, I should be your first poster!

So, on behalf of my Alex Rider crazy ds - what happened to the plans to film Point Blanc?

stuffitllllama Thu 05-Nov-09 15:29:51

I wish it was the weekend.. my children would love this!

nickelbang Thu 05-Nov-09 15:32:03

Dear Mr Horowitz,

when are you next doing a UK tour?
because I have a (fairly new) independent children's bookshop and would dearly love to have you visit us...
(shameless begging, sorry!) grin

Mallenstreak Thu 05-Nov-09 16:12:33

Hi Anthony. My son,Jago,used to not like reading very much. However,since September he has read ALL of the Alex Rider books and can't wait for the new one! He reads over an hour every day and really enjoys the adventures.(smile) Would I be able to order a signed copy of the new book anywhere? Thanks.

HeSaysSheSays Thu 05-Nov-09 16:17:37

Arghhh, I thought it was considered rude to write in red? grin

<wonders if grin will be red too>

RTKangaMummy Thu 05-Nov-09 16:49:30

oooooooooooh deffo brill

KangaBoy loves Anthony Horowitz ~ I will ask him for his question and get back to you

DEFFO BRILL ~ Thanks Mumsnet

smilesmilesmilesmile

Deadworm Thu 05-Nov-09 16:52:53

Hullo Anthony,

Both my sons have enjoyed reading lots and lots of your books, so thank you!

DS2 would like very much to know when the next Power of Five book will be available.

We saw your promotional video for Crocodile Tears (in your fabulous flat) and thought you looked a little nervous. Do you enjoy or dislike all the promo work that comes with being a novelist and takes you out of your secret study.

pointydogg Thu 05-Nov-09 17:01:09

Anthony, do you now enjoy the fact you had such an interesting but pretty unpleasant childhood? Do you think it provided a lot of your motivation and ideas for writing or would you have ended up a writer regardless?

mollyroger Thu 05-Nov-09 17:08:46

oooh! Why is the typing all red on this thread? Gore-tastic!

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 05-Nov-09 17:16:54

Hello Anthony.

My Ds2 who is 10 would like to ask you what books you liked to read when you were 10?

Were there any good boys' books then or did you have to read boring girly stuff like Heidi?

<motherly, Heidi-loving shock>

pointydogg Thu 05-Nov-09 17:17:11

It's not red to me.

Although I have gone all modern and no longer have the classic option.

Is it another attempt to wean people off classic?

Doobydoo Thu 05-Nov-09 20:27:37

Hello Anthony.My son would like to know if/when there will be a 5th Power of Five book?
Jackstarbright...my son reckons there may not be a Point Blanc film as,apparently,Stormbreaker was a great hit in the UK but not in the USA.

HeSaysSheSays Thu 05-Nov-09 21:51:14

It is still all red to me - including the text next to the add a message box.

It would have been great for a hallowe'en special!

Katisha Thu 05-Nov-09 22:42:40

There's going to be a new Alex Rider book???DS will be really happy!
Any chance of a signed copy - he has read and re-read all the others since he had them for Christmas last year.
And will there be any more films?

Rhubarb Fri 06-Nov-09 11:58:57

Never heard of him.

Why is everything red?

Inghouls2 Fri 06-Nov-09 12:07:04

ooo how fantastic! DS1 will be thrilled.
What a shame it's not on a weekend though.
ok...my question is
Despite being an avid reader, ds1 (10), like many boys, doesn't particularly enjoy writing fiction.
When your boys were young, did they follow in your footsteps and enjoy literacy?
If not, did you get involved in their literacy homework?
Do you have any tips on how I can encourage my son to write imaginatively and interestingly without the accompanying moaning, groaning and sneaking off to play football?
grin
I'm sure I'll be back later with a question from DS...

Kerrymumbles Fri 06-Nov-09 12:43:58

OMFG. ds1 will go nuts....

WHY CAN'T IT BE ON WEEKEND???

DaisymooSteiner Fri 06-Nov-09 16:27:01

When is the next series of Foyle's War going to be shown? blush

mollyroger Fri 06-Nov-09 19:41:14

rhub, if you're on MN classic, it is showing in red because tech has forgotton to turn off a colour code or something erm, technical...

mollyroger Fri 06-Nov-09 19:46:34

Anthony, how do you think the modern James Bond films compare with the older, more 'classic' ones...
For example, my son, who is 12 adores James Bond films, but it seems to me, the more recent filsm have lost their 'innocence'. Which is your favourite and why?

roisin Sat 07-Nov-09 08:48:06

Hi Anthony! I too have two avid Horowitz readers at home. We saw you at the Hay Festival this year and were all exhausted by your energy and enthusiasm. You said at least 4 times as many words as any other speaker at the Festival grin

I work in a secondary school in a variety of roles, including literacy intervention with disenchanted 12-14 yr-olds and am continually looking for ways to encourage and motivate them. I would like to get hold of a small amount of genuine television/film pre-prep material - scripts/screen plays and storyboards. Do you think I have any chance of doing so? Would my best bet to write directly to the director of a particular series/programme? Or do you have any other advice that would help me succeed with this?

Thank you!

StewieGriffinsMom Sat 07-Nov-09 09:13:51

I also think this should be on the weekend since i can't be here on Tuesday!

My question: your books are invariably promoted only for boys to the point where someone at a major high street retailer suggested it wasn't 'acceptable' reading for her. I think we do a great disservice to all children by genderising books but specifically girls who seem to get dumped with crap about fluffy fairies and lovely ponies whilst boys get the real adventure books.

Has the gendered promotion of your books been a problem? Do you write for specific gendered audiences?

Louise2004 Sun 08-Nov-09 08:37:00

Questions from my son (a big fan!):

How did you think of the character Alex Rider? Are you going to make a new movie? How can I get an autographed copy of your new book?

Thank you.

Louise2004 Sun 08-Nov-09 09:20:24

Another couple:

Is there going to be a new Diamond Brothers book? Are any of the characters in your books based on real people you know? Is there anywhere in South Africa you would recommend me to visit (we're going there on holiday next year)?

Thank you.

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