“Reading is fantastic fun”

Anthony Horowitz OBE [for services to literature] is most well known as the author of the Alex Rider books and The Power of Five series. But you may not know that he has also written many episodes for television including Foyle’s War; Midsomer Murders; and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, to name but a few.

He travelled to Russia to carry out research for his latest book Russian Roulette, which is described as a prequel to the bestselling Alex Rider series. “An international contract killer has just been given his orders. His next target is a fourteen-year-old spy … Alex Rider. The man’s name is Yassen Gregorovich. He knows Alex well. The two of them share a secret from the past. As he considers his next mission, Yassen remembers the forces that turned him from an ordinary schoolboy into a hired assassin. What is it that makes someonechoose to do evil?What would it take to make them kill?”

Earlier this month Anthony Horowitz took part in an interactive webcast in association with Walker Books and The National Literacy Trust.  The interview in London was simultaneously broadcast to a number of schools around the UK. It was an inspirational talk about reading and writing, and the excitement of books. Anthony Horowitz spoke passionately about reading when he said that you get a lot of people saying …..” oh, you should read this, or you must read that, and all the rest of it, but they forget   … yes, reading is good for you, yes, reading helps you become more articulate, yes, reading takes you on wonderful adventures, but the main point is that reading is fantastic fun. You can go to places, and meet people, and do things, and see things that you would never ever do in real life.”

He also said that the most important room in any school is the library!

Mrs H.

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