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12 Quick Questions with Anthony Horowitz

Published in the Sunday Times

The Word is MurderThe Word is Murder
Anthony Horowitz, Century

Has a book ever changed your mind about something?
Yes. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari, changed the way I see the world and revised my opinion about eating meat (I now seldom do).

Who is your favourite fictional hero?
Sherlock Holmes.

What music helps you write?
Anything by composer Philip Glass.

What is the strangest thing you’ve done when researching a book?
I climbed up and operated a crane.

Do you keep a diary?
No, but I do keep a scrapbook.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Oversized. Exploded. And yet.

What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?
War and Peace. Anna Karenina. I’m not good at Russian literature.

What’s more important to you: the way a book is written or what the book is about?
They are equally important. But I often read badly written books for research.

You’re hosting a literary dinner with three writers. Who’s invited?
John Webster, Charles Dickens and Ian Fleming.

What book changed your life?
A Tintin book did — The Crab with the Golden Claws.

Do you finish every book that you start? If you don’t, how do you decide when to stop reading?
If I’m not enjoying the book and if I’m not gripped after about 100 pages, I often stop.

What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?
The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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