Bestselling author of both the new James Bond and Sherlock Holmes books looks at the books that he received for Christmas and how it made him the writer he is today. Look out for a brilliant competition from him too.
I can remember quite clearly the best Christmas presents I ever received.
When I was eight, my mother gave me The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun which, to this day, remain my favourite Tintin books. I can still see the wrapping paper falling away to reveal those brilliant front covers. It was the beginning of my journey as a writer. I would be like Tintin, who was a writer himself. I would travel to Peru and explore forgotten Inca temples. And eventually I did
Aged seventeen, my father gave me the complete Sherlock Holmes adventures and I had finished half a dozen of them by New Year’s Day, tucked up in bed with the snow falling outside.
That was the week that I turned to crime, at least in my imagination, and years later Foyle’s War and The House of Silk would be the result.
Charles Dickens. Sarah Waters. Robert Harris. CS Lewis. Agatha Christie. Stephen King. George Macdonald Fraser. Alistair Maclean. This is not a random collection of names. All these authors have been visited upon me at Christmas and all have stayed with me throughout my life. Is there such a thing as a seasonal read? To some extent I associate all of them with log fires, snow and early nights.
Books, for me, have always been the best part of Christmas. I’m not even sure which I prefer: giving them or receiving them.
Watch Anthony read from his bestselling James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis.
Competition time! Not only have we a signed copy of Trigger Mortis to give away but we also have a very limited edition, velvet-bound, silver-foiled copy of Moriarty as well. Go and enter.
Good luck and Merry Christmas!