If David Tennant is the hardest working man in show business, then writer Anthony Horowitz has to be considered the hardest working man in the literary world. Aside from his countless novels written over the years, many will, no doubt, associate Horowitz with his screenwriting telly work on Robin of Sherwood, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Murder Most Horrid, many of the early episodes of Midsomer Murders, a very well-crafted small-screen mini-series, Collision and, obviously, the creator/writer of Foyle’s War, starring Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks. In January of this year, Horowitz was awarded the OBE for his services to literature, joined the board of the Old Vic and continues to contribute to numerous national newspapers and magazines.
With another series of Foyle’s War under his belt and set for a 2015 transmission, Horowitz’s second book delving into the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Moriarty, is set to be released on Thursday, 23 October in the UK. The book begins days after Sherlock Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls. Unfortunately, the death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a shadowy figure who has risen to take his place, a criminal mastermind determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace.
The #IsawMoriarty carriage tour – yet another reason to live in the UK….
In celebration of next Thursday’s UK release of Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz will be touring London by horse and carriage, traveling past some of London’s most famous landmarks. Horowitz will be stopping at seven branches of Waterstones, ending at Waterstones Piccadilly for his launch event, Murder, Mayhem and Moriarty. Check it out if you are in the area next Thursday!
With Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty already in the horse and carriage’s rear-view mirror, Horowitz is already moving on to tackle another classic hero, James Bond, adapting an unpublished short story by Bond creator Ian Fleming into a full novel, due to be released September 2015 by Orion Books. Said Horowitz, “It’s no secret that Ian Fleming’s extraordinary character has had a profound influence on my life, so when the [Fleming] estate approached me to write a new James Bond novel how could I possibly refuse? It’s a huge challenge – more difficult even than Sherlock Holmes in some ways – but having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration. This is a book I had to write.” Personally, sounds like a book I definitely have to read then….right after I finish Moriarty, of course.