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Anthony Horowitz

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 31 December 2006

Kirsty Young's first castaway of 2007 is the writer Anthony Horowitz. He's a prolific author. His first novel was published when he was 23 and, as well as a series of children's books featuring the 'super spy' Alex Rider, he's also penned a slew of television crime programmes including Murder Most Horrid, Midsomer Murders and Foyle's Law. He first turned to writing when he was at boarding school; he was desperately unhappy and it offered some form of escape. His childhood was peopled by Dickensian figures - although he was brought up in lavish surroundings, his parents were distant and he was brought up by a string of nannies, while he so hated his domineering grandmother that he literally danced on her grave after her death.

Perhaps it is unsurprising that his books often deal with the fragility of childhood and the robustness of children. A father now himself, he says he envies his own children their confidence and happiness. He says that he doesn't consider his work great, or even important - but he does like to think it agreeable and surprising.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: She's Always A Woman by Billy Joel
Book: A large French dictionary
Luxury: Fountain pen, ink and paper

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Etude in C minor, Op. 10/12 'Revolutionary'

    Soloist: Vladimir Horowitz

    Vladimir Horowitz: Early Romantics, Sony Classical

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Eleanor Rigby

    One, Apple

  • Image for Antonio Vivaldi

    Antonio Vivaldi Et in terra pax (from Gloria in D major)

    Choir: The Taverner Choir and Players

    Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat, Virgin Classics

  • Image for Moulin Rouge

    Moulin Rouge El Tango De Roxanne

    Artist: Ewan McGregor, Jose Feliciano & Jacek Koman

    The Soundtrack to Moulin Rouge, Interscope

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel She's Always A Woman

    All Time Greatest Love Songs- Volume 11, Columbia

  • Image for Sir Michael Tippett

    Sir Michael Tippett Go down Moses (from A Child of our Time)

    Soloist: John Shirley Quirk Choir: BBC Singers, Choral Society Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

    A Child of Our Time, Philips

  • Image for David Healey

    David Healey Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat

    Original National Theatre Cast of Guys and Dolls, Music For Pleasure

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten In the midst of life (from Albert Herring)

    Choir: The full cast recorded live at the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh in April 1964

    Benjamin Britten: Albert Herring, London

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Kirsty Young

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