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

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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.

Deadworm Wed 11-Nov-09 18:12:10

He was. Really engaging and genuine.

kizzie Wed 11-Nov-09 18:10:14

Ive just read this back from start to finish - wasnt he lovely !!!! smile

And Ds is ecstatic that his question was answered.

nickelbabe Wed 11-Nov-09 12:39:01

(without sounding bigheaded, do you think he knows who i am if he was thinking about my nickname?)

nickelbabe Wed 11-Nov-09 12:37:29

what a lovely man!
I didn't dare look at the webchat yesterday in case I started begging! grin

I've emailed my walker rep and told him that Anthony horowitz said he wanted to come to my shop! [fingers crossed]
grin grin grin

PutDown Wed 11-Nov-09 08:47:07

Me too Daisy,had thought Foyle had become a casualty of ITV cutssad

DaisymooSteiner Wed 11-Nov-09 01:14:55

Hurrah, more Foyle. I can't wait smile

pointydogg Tue 10-Nov-09 18:47:40

thanks for replies, anthony

PercyPigPie Tue 10-Nov-09 17:14:28

Anthony on the off-chance that you too are now a Mumsnet addict (we do have dads on here) and have checked in to your thread - thanks very much for answering my son's question, he is very chuffed.

mollyroger Tue 10-Nov-09 14:58:48

oh thank you for replying ds will be so pleased (as I am!)

cocolepew Tue 10-Nov-09 13:20:21

Ohhhh more Foyle! Yipppe.
That was a great chat.

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 10-Nov-09 13:13:44

Anthony, thanks very much for coming in. We'll get Jaffa Cakes in next time, honest blush

As promised, here are some more answers from Anthony:

Inghouls 2: Can I say first, Inghouls, that in a way I'm quite glad this conversation is aimed at parents rather than children. I talk to children all the time but think it's important to engage adults in the conversation too. From my experience, if parents aren't interested in books, it's unlikely their sons/daughters will be. As to your question, I'm not 100% sure it is possible to encourage your son to write and as someone who was very rotund and unfit at the age of ten (and onward) I would be more inclined to encourage his football playing! Sorry if I'm sounding like an agony uncle here. How to write more imaginatively? Read. When I read books that I love – Dickens, Stephen King, Stiegg Larsson, whatever – I find myself inspired to write well. It's sort of infectious. And if you really want one other piece of advice, I'd say make sure he writes about what he enjoys (football perhaps). I don't think it's possible to write well if you're not enjoying it.

Daisymoo: Thank you for asking about Foyle's War, Daisymoo. FW will be back on the screens next year with three episodes – of which I wrote two. The Russian House tells the terrible story of what happened to the Russian PoWs who were repatriated at the end of the war. The Hide is based on a bizarre unit called the British Free Corps – British PoWs who were persuaded to fight for the Nazis. The stories take place between VE day and VJ day when the war was still, technically, continuing. Contrary to rumours, the new series is not called Foyle's Peace!

Mollyroger: very happy to engage with you about all things JB. Of course I prefer the Sean Connery Bond films...they were the ones I grew up with and nobody bettered Connery in the part. I did like Roger Moore at the time but looking back, I do cringe at some of the "jokes" and the central performance. The later Bond films struck me as increasingly unsatisfying...the stories just didn't make any sense and things like John Cleese's ill-considered appearance as Q, made me want to hide behind the seat. I did like the first Daniel Craig film but, like you, thought it didn't really work as a Bond film. Yes, it had lost its innocence, its joie de vivre. I was also surprised that they were allowed to show a female agent drowning in front of our eyes. This was unpleasant and - given how many ten-year-olds there were in the audience when I went to the film – completely inappropriate. Even so, Casino Royale had lots of good things in it. Then came the second Craig film, Quantum, for me the worst Bond film ever made, a feeble rip-off of the Bourne series, directed in a way that was more inclined to induce nausea than thrills. Glad I got that off my chest!

Roisin: I hope you enjoyed H-on-W as much as I did. I think it's my favourite festival, particularly if the sun is shining. I'm not sure how you can get scripts and pre-production notes as I don't think they're in the shops (although I did notice recently that there is a new series of books analysing popular TV shows). I'll be happy to send you a script or two if you write to me via my assistant, Olivia Zampi, at Greenlit Productions, 14-15 D'Arblay Street, London W1F 8DZ. We don't really do storyboards, by the way. We can't afford them!

StewieGriffithsMum: Dear SGM, please could you tell your high street retailer from me that he or she is an idiot! Anyone who discourages a child from reading anything is clearly heading in the opposite direction to the rest of the world and for what it's worth the Alex Rider books have a huge female following. I'd say that around half of my emails and fan letters come from girls. I noticed that in her conversation with Mumsnet, Jacqueline Wilson mentioned that she has boy readers too and that's exactly how it should be. Of course there is a certain amount of sexual stereotyping in children's literature. Don't expect to see an Alex Rider novel with a pink cover any time soon. But I've always been slightly suspicious of the boy/girl debate (why is it always boys who supposedly don't read – why is it only boys that we seem to worry about?) and I'm even more suspicious of your retailer. Give me his or her address and I'm heading round with a brick...

fruitshootsandheaves Tue 10-Nov-09 13:03:37

Thank you Anthony
(I am watching Collision right now grin)

RTKangaMummy Tue 10-Nov-09 13:01:59

Thank you Anthony for a really deffo brill webchat ~ it has been great fun


Louise2004 Tue 10-Nov-09 13:01:36

I just rushed in from work to catch the end of this - my son says "thanks for answering and I look forward to avoiding any hippos and buying your next Diamond Brothers book!" - thank you.

anthonyhorowitz Tue 10-Nov-09 13:01:11

Goodbye everyone. That's me off now. Hope these answers were OK. Mumsnet have a few more up their sleeve which they'll post when I'm gone. Do please keep watching Collision (ITV needs you). All the best,

Anthony Horowitz

Ingles2 Tue 10-Nov-09 13:00:56

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?
sorry copied and pasted...

Ingles2 Tue 10-Nov-09 12:59:57

hello hello am I too late?
did Anthony answer my question?

jackstarbright Tue 10-Nov-09 12:59:54

How can you get a signed copy if you do live near London?

anthonyhorowitz Tue 10-Nov-09 12:59:43

Nickelbang, My next UK tour starts on Thursday (can't help wondering about that name).

I'm in Edinburgh, Birmingham, London and Dublin. Also spending two weeks in the USA. You don't say where your bookshop is but if you let me know – contact Walker Books – I'll try to look in if I'm ever in your area.

Without wishing to sound ingratiating, I do have huge respect for independent bookshops because they play such a vital part, in particular, in children's literature. They know their audience and know what to recommend. And with the disastrous price slashing that goes on in the main chains and supermarkets, they need all the support they can get. I try to visit as many as possible. So if I'm anywhere near, let me know!

anthonyhorowitz Tue 10-Nov-09 12:59:03

thedollyridesout. See earlier answer. 1) Read 2) Write - a little every now and then. 3) Have adventures so you have something to write about. Break a few laws...but don't get caught. 4) Believe in yourself. 5) Never give up.

RTKangaMummy Tue 10-Nov-09 12:58:52

perhaps some of the mumsnet names will end up in a AH book one day grin

anthonyhorowitz Tue 10-Nov-09 12:57:42

Deadworm. Totally with you on age banding. My main objection is that I sometimes work with young offenders, aged 18 and up, who read my books. A cover with an age band will only embarrass and discourage them. Leave well alone. Parents and children are smart enough to work out the age range for themselves...

cocolepew Tue 10-Nov-09 12:57:38

Collsion has an amazing cast. Did you vote for Craig on Strictly Come Dancing? grin

anthonyhorowitz Tue 10-Nov-09 12:57:06

Mallenstreak, Another odd name. What is this with Mumsnet? Mallenstreak, I'm delighted that Jago is enjoying my books.

Crocodile Tears is out next week and you can get signed copies if you're near Edinburgh, Birmingham (Dudley) or London – which is where I live. That's probably not very helpful, I'm afraid.

anthonyhorowitz Tue 10-Nov-09 12:55:55

kittykitty. Every writer in the world has rearranged his or her own books so I'm guilty as charged. Worse than that, I used to send my children into bookshops when they were tiny - they used to hate it, crossing the road whenever they saw a bookshop looming up! I can't do it any more. I once got caught by the manager at Waterstones, Bath - she recognised me - and I was so embarrassed I almost died.

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