Anthony Horowitz vows to keep Sherlock Holmes ‘exactly’ the same

January 19th, 2011 - 5:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 19 (ANI): Anthony Horowitz, the new author of Sherlock Holmes, has promised that he will not make any changes to the character in his new book.

Horowitz, the children’s author who wrote a series of novels about Alex Rider, a teenage spy, vowed to keep the character absolutely true to the original in Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories.

“My Holmes is going to be exactly the Holmes of the novels without any new information on my part, I don’t want to take any liberties with this great iconic figure,” the Telegraph quoted him as telling the BBC.

Like the first of Conan Doyle’s tales, the book is set in the 1890s but Horowitz said that writing in the 21st century he could “stray into areas Doyle couldn’t have touched at his time”.

“What I think is different in my book is the nature of the crime, the world in which he gets involved,” the author said.

“I do have a certain reservation about … reinventions of old famous books which sometimes have a smack of desperation about them. Some work better than others and Holmes struck me as being right for this sort of reinvention.

“I fell in love with the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was 16 and I’ve read them many times since.

“I simply couldn’t resist this opportunity to write a brand new adventure for this iconic figure and my aim is to produce a first-rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original,” Horowitz added. (ANI)

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