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The Twist of a Knife and a Writing Life

Anthony Horowitz Interviewed by Matthew Stadlen

Sunday, 26 March 2023

4:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £12.50

One of the UK’s most prolific and successful writers Anthony Horowitz talks about his writing life and about his new book, The Twist of a Knife, a crime thriller that blurs the lines between reality and fiction.

In The Twist of a Knife, the fictional author Anthony Horowitz has called time on ex-detective Daniel Hawthorne, the character at the heart of a series of novels. Horowitz’s new play is about to open and Hawthorne unsurprisingly declines a ticket. The play, and particularly the writing, gets a savage review from critic Harriet Throsby on opening night. The next day she is found stabbed through the heart with an ornamental dagger bearing Anthony’s fingerprints. Arrested and charged with murder, he realises only one man can help him.

The drama in Horowitz’s real life is generally in his books. He is a popular novelist and screenwriter for both adults and children. His many credits include writing two new Sherlock Holmes novels at the request of the Conan Doyle estate and a James Bond novel at the request of the Ian Fleming estate. His writing has featured in some of the most popular television series of recent decades including in Midsomer Murders and Poirot. He is writer and creator of the drama series Foyles War, winner of BAFTA’s Lew Grade Audience Award. He is also well known for his bestselling Alex Rider series for teenagers, which he adapted into a movie, and which has sold 19 million copies worldwide. Here Horowitz talks to former LBC radio host and BBC presenter Matthew Stadlen.

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Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Royal Academy of Arts Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland Pasture to Plate