Horowitz, Anthony

Anthony Horowitz CBE is a novelist, dramatist, screenwriter, and journalist. He was born 5 April 1955 to an upper-middle class Jewish family in Stanmore, Middlesex.

Horowitz is famous for his work in mystery and suspense and best known for his children’s and young adult books such as the Alex Rider series (2000-) and the The Power of Five series (2005-2012). For adults he has written the Sherlock Holmes novels The House of Silk  (2011) and Moriarty (2014) and the James Bond fiction Trigger Mortis (2015), Forever and a Day (2018) and With a Mind to Kill (2022). 2016 saw Horowitz announce a new novel with the name Magpie Murders; it’s sequel, Moonflower Murders, followed in 2020. Horowitz delared he was to begin writing a new series of detective novels in 2017, so far 5 have been written and published and 3 more commissioned.

His work for television and film includes scripts for ITV’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Midsomer Murders series. He also wrote the highly successful detective television series Foyle’s War (2002-2015), as well as Collision (2009) and Injustice (2011), and most recently The BBC One series New Blood (2016). Horowitz wrote the screenplay for the motion picture adaptation of his Alex Rider novel (2006) and later was the executive producer of the Alex Rider television series (2020-2021). A year later, he adapted his Magpie Murders novel into a television mini-series.

Horowitz’ best-received work for theatre is the play Mindgame (2000) which is based on his own thriller novel. It premiered at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester in 1999, before transferring to the West End Vaudeville Theatre in 2000. In 2008, it premiered in an Off-Broadway production in New York City.

In 2010, Horowitz was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Years Honours List. Furthermore, in the 2022 New Years Honours List, he was appointed as Commander of the Order of the Empire. Both were awarded for Horowitz’ services to literature.


—. Mindgame. London: Oberon Books, 2006.

—. A Handbag. 2009.

—. Dinner with Saddam. 2015.