MAGAZINE: Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz answers questions and takes over School English lessons

He’s the author of the No.1 bestselling Alex Rider books and the Power of Five series and chances are your children are reading his books... or want to.

Anthony Horowitz and his novels are credited with getting a generation of kids reading; he has constantly championed the importance of reading for pleasure and this year he was granted an OBE for services to literature.

He’s fiercely championed the work of teachers and school librarians. He’s conducted writing workshops with youth offenders. He’s been called in by government administrations – Labour and Conservative/Liberal – to discuss the secret to getting and keeping kids reading and earlier this year he even interviewed Michael Gove (for The Spectator).

Watch as Anthony answers questions as well as reading from his latest novel – Russian Roulette, the deadly prequel to the Alex Rider series.

This was the biggest event Anthony has ever undertaken. He chats about where he gets his ideas from. What’s so great about school librarians? How and why does he thoroughly research each of his books? What’s he working on next? What inspired him to return to the world of Alex Rider from the assassin’s perspective in Russian Roulette?