Anthony Horowitz's life might
have been copied from the pages of
Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm.
Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to
a family of wealth and status, Anthony
was raised by nannies, surrounded by
servants and chauffeurs. His father, a
wealthy businessman, was, says Mr.
Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson."
What that means exactly is unclear "My
father was a very secretive man," he
says so an aura of suspicion and
mystery surrounds both the word and the
As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy, withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found. That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it."
His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character, was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls..... More at BookBrowse.
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