Anthony Horowitz – Foundation Day "It's not a book, it's a doorway."
We were thrilled to welcome best-selling author Anthony Horowitz to Latymer as our Foundation Day speaker on Friday 11 May. He is best known for his teenage spy thriller series, Alex Rider, and for his detective stories. In his address at our service at All Saints Church, he told us how, as a young person, he had escaped into the marvellous world of books. Books were not simply books, he said – each book was a doorway to a new world, that could be uniquely interpreted by our own imaginations. Reading fiction lets us explore many different dimensions of life, and makes us smarter and wiser people.
Anthony was genuinely impressed with Latymer School and the students, and remarked on the happy and co-operative atmosphere. He said that this was the opposite from his own school, where the teachers were strict and foreboding, and where he often felt a failure academically and at sports. However, he loved reading the novels that he found in his school library. He recommended that students make use of and enjoy their library, as he had done.
As an adult, he became a published author, and persevered with his writing until his tenth book, Stormbreaker, the first in the Alex Rider series, was a runaway success. He has now sold over 19 million books worldwide. He encouraged the students to read more, write more and above all to believe in themselves.
After the Service, Anthony Horowitz met a group of Year 7, 8 and 9 students in the Ashworth Library, where he talked to them, signed copies of their books, and had photos taken with them. These students had participated in book clubs, entered writing competitions – or simply loved the books. They were all very excited to meet the author, and to have their books signed by him.
At our Foundation Day lunch, Anthony Horowitz was seated with our senior pupils, many of whom are keen readers who have followed his series since they were first published. He talked to them about their studies and future plans, and of course, about books and writing. It was a really exciting, entertaining and memorable day for everyone in our reading community at Latymer.
Look out for the 11th book in the Alex Rider series, Never Say Die, now out in hardback. For adults, the paperback of the murder mystery The Word is Murder was published in paperback in April, and his new James Bond 007 novel Forever and a Day (which includes some original material by Ian Fleming) is published on 31 May. https://www.anthonyhorowitz.com/