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Anthony Horowitz: Writing changed my life

18th November 2009

Writing allowed children's author Anthony Horowitz to escape from unhappiness.

In an interview with the Washington Post, the Alex Rider spy series writer explained that he felt 'not very bright' as a child and failed to win the attention of his parents, while his life at boarding school was marked by bullying from both fellow pupils and teachers.

'The one thing I remember from the very earliest age was this desire to write. When I was ten years old, I remember asking my parents to get me a typewriter for my birthday,' Horowitz added.

He also told the newspaper that he is more than happy with his life at the age of 55 and constantly tells his two grown-up sons how writing has changed his life for the better.

In addition, Horowitz said that while he does not intentionally write novels for young people, his simple style has always made his work popular with younger readers.

Last month, a group of schoolchildren received early copies of Crocodile Tears, Horowitz's latest novel, as they came off the press at his publishers.

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