Comments

Ashley B.
Boston Lincolnshire

Just caught up with chapter 6, & Anthony, this is without a doubt one of the best Diamond brothers stories yet & I’m so thrilled to see Thick & Nutty return. (Thank you so much for adding them back into the diamond brothers woes, going to be interesting to see how Snape will react when MI6 get involved, cos Snape of course doesn’t know the brothers have worked with them in the past, but he’ll never believe it even if MI6 take them off Snape’s hands & handcuffs.)

I can’t wait to read chapter 7 & see what gets Nick to inevitably go to Seagulls rise. (Do get the vibe Nick will be reaching breaking point soon, there’s only so much a brother can take when his brother puts him in so much danger & deadly situations. To be fair Nick has been resilient but MI6, Snape, Neo-nazis & Tim endangering them both, Nick certainly has his work cut out on this adventure.)

My question is that with Alex Rider getting a series (which is amazing & cant wait to finish today), is it possible that the diamond brothers may get a series treatment too or say perhaps the power of five? (Gatekeepers & Diamond brothers would be fantastic to see after the brilliant episodes of Alex Rider.)

From Anthony:

Thanks for writing, Ashley. I was quite surprised when Snape and Boyle turned up at the end of the last chapter as I had absolutely no intention of introducing them and now I find myself wondering what is going to happen next. In answer to your question, only today a producer asked me about the rights to the Diamond brothers so there is a chance that they will return to TV. But this might take years. I would love to see the Power of Five on television too.

Molly W.
London, Ontario, Canada

This is my first experience with the Diamond Brothers and I’m hooked! The jokes and puns match perfectly with my sense of humour causing shrieks of laughter at my house today. The Alex Rider references have me grinning from ear to ear and I can’t wait to see where the story goes! Many thanks for making time for this project during this crazy time in the world.

Molly

From Anthony:

Thanks, Molly. Glad you are enjoying the story. Tim has asked me to mention that – unlike you - the famous artist, Van Gogh, was unable to grin from ear to ear. What can this mean?

Michał W.
Gdańsk, Poland

Dear Anthony,

It was a great pleasure to read all the published chapters of your new novel.
In one moment I returned to my youth when I’d been reading the Diamond Brothers books under the covers.
By the way, can I sue the Polish publisher for releasing only 3 novels from the series?
Nevermind. I’ll figure it out on my own.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for shaping my reading taste and accompanying me at different moments of my life.

For a couple of years I have been writing myself.
The humorous writing style (inspired strongly by your works), distinctive characters and fast pace have now become my trademark.
Or at least I say so. Others don’t seem to share my enthusiasm.

Looking forward to watch Alex Rider on Amazon Prime and sending you a lot of good energy from Poland!
Michał

PS “Moriarty” has the best plot twist ever.
PPS If you ever decide to declassify 1991 “THE DIAMOND BROTHERS” TV Series, please call me.

From Anthony:

Thanks for this, Michal. What a pleasure to get a message from Poland, though I’m sorry to hear that my Polish publisher has not released more than three books. I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed the Diamonds and wish you success with your own writing. Very glad also that you read Moriarty – I’m assuming I fooled you. As for the 1991 Diamond brothers TV series, I had nothing to do with it being declassified. It’s just not available!

Hisham H.
Reading

Hello,

A joke you might want to add:

The Diamond Brothers get a mail. Tim takes it out of the envelope and puts it on the table. It reads “Don’t join forces with the MI6 or I will have to finish you personally”.

Nick: Who is it from?

Tim looks at the envelope.

Tim: Frightening mail

Nick: I know it’s frightening, but who is it from?

Tim: Miss Frightening mail

I think you can figure out who Tim is talking about.

The book is fab so far.

I am participating in the Alex Rider Short story competition.

Hisham, 12

From Anthony:

Thanks, Hisham. Your joke is nearly as bad as some of mine. Good luck with the Alex Rider competition.

Darcy G
Camberly

How many chapters do you intend upon written for this book? And when is the next one coming?

From Anthony:

I’ll post Chapter 7 in the week starting 23rd June (I hope). The bad news is that it will probably be the last chapter to go online. I’ll write the second half of the book – when Tim and Nick reach Hare Island – later this year/

Jeremy P
Chorley

A new Diamond brothers book, a silver lining of 2020, waited thirteen long years for the follow up to The Greek who stole Christmas. But its definitely worth the wait. Was wondering though what happened to the ‘Radius of the Lost Shark’ where Nick and Tim go to Australia, which was alluded too previously. Is the book being published and if so, are you going to do a book tour, providing lockdown is lifted.

From Anthony:

Thanks, Jeremy. I really had no idea I was going to write WHERE SEAGULLS DARE – but I’ve loved doing it and it encourages me to get started on RADIUS. But don’t hold your breath…I’ve got a lot of other books to write first.

Ben
West Sussex

I wonder where you got the ‘make Britain great again’ slogan from?

From Anthony:

NO IDEA. JUST POPPED INTO MY HEAD WHILE I WAS WATCHING AMERICA BEING TORN APART. THANKS FOR WRITING, BEN!

Raphael H.
Muswell Hill

This is getting fun! I like the fact that we are getting into the plot now. As usual, it looks like it will work as both a parody of the film that inspired the title and an adventure thriller in its own right. There are some good lines, including one that can be taken as an Alex Rider reference. The callbacks to the earlier books work pretty well, although it can sometimes highlight just how old those books were…

One minor complaint: As a North Londoner, I am a little disappointed that the books don’t do much with North London locations. Although the Diamond Brothers now live in Camden Town, they spend more time in the West London settings from the Diamond Brothers books. All the callbacks to The Falcons Malteser are perfectly fine, but it would be nice to see them balanced out with a bit more of North London (However, this probably won’t fit into the story, so it’s more of a request for future Diamond Brothers tales - it’s just my North London opinion…)

I grew up on the Diamond Brothers books, so I’m REALLY loving this project!

RaphaelH (25 years old, London)

From Anthony:

I LIVED IN CROUCH END FOR FIFTEEN YEARS AND IN STANMORE WHEN I WAS A BOY SO I SUPPOSE I CAN CALL MYSELF A NORTH LONDONER. YOU ARE RIGHT. I SHOULD USE A FEW MORE NORTHERN LOCATIONS

GLAD YOU PICKED UP ON THE WAY THE BOOK IS GOING . THE SECOND HALF WILL REALLY PICK UP WHERE THE WONDERFUL FILM BEGAN.

Darcy G.
Albacete, Spain

Hi I was wondering if Mrs. Jones from Alex Rider is the same as Fiona Duncan- Jones? Also is her name Fiona Duncan-Jones or Fiona Duncan-Smith as I seemed to have noticed that mistake. Honestly I didn’t see where this book was going i’m working on a book with 21 pages and 7407 words currently any advice? And of course i’d like to mention some plot twist: when they find Alistair Nightingale at Seagull’s Rise he isn’t the “right” Alistair Nightingale!

look forward to seeing what you can do
your fan Darcy

From Anthony:

THANKS FOR SPOTTING THE MISTAKE. THAT’S WHAT COMES OF NOT HAVING MY EDITOR WORKING WITH ME. I WILL DECIDE WHICH SHE IS LATER.

7407 IS A LOT OF WORDS. MY ADVICE IS TO KEEP GOING AND FINISH YOUR BOOK. YOU MUST BE A SERIOUS WRITER TO HAVE DONE SO MUCH!

Ellen P.
Adelaide, Australia

Hi Anthony,

As a long time reader of your books (I grew up very much enjoying Alex Rider and now all grown up, have been enthralled by your adult murder mysteries), I decided I must have a go at reading ‘Where Seagulls Dare’. I’ve read the first four chapters now and hope 5 will be out soon!
I have to admit I am a big fan of the pun and the dad joke, so I have laughed quite a lot at your comedy!
Anyway, how are you finding writing on the run (I feel a pun should be inserted here about being a wanted criminal undercover as an author!)? It’s obviously very different from the numerous drafts you mention you usually write. Do you feel this has changed your writing? Are you enjoying it or finding it challenging, or both?!

Thanks for all your fantastic writing, whether done in time, in haste, or in pen! Oh dear, I think I heard you just groan…

Kind Regards,

Ellen

P.S. I’m looking forward to Moonflower Murders.

From Anthony:

HI ELLEN. THANKS FOR WRITING TO ME AND FOR READING WSD.

IT IS VERY DIFFERENT WRITING “ON THE TROT” WITHOUT ACTUALLY PLANNING IT BUT I HAVE TO SAY I AM ENJOYING MYSELF.

I MIGHT MAKE SOME CHANGES WHEN I EVENTUALLY WRITE THE BOOK! THAT WILL BE MY SECOND DRAFT.

HOPE YOU ARE KEEPING WELL IN ADELAIDE.

Ruben P.
Bracknell

Remember me? I’ve just finished chapter 4 and it is brilliant I couldn’t take my eyes off it! The tips really came in handy. A joke you could add in later: Tim and Nick go to the place where Alistair was last seen. Tim asks a beaten up man with marks all over him if he’s Alistair Nightingale and the man replies with a yes and then Tim goes Nick can you and me interview him he says he’s seen Alistair Bitinghail. Then Alistair shouts “It’s Nightingale”.

From Anthony:

GLAD YOU ARE ENJOYING IT, RUBEN AND THANKS FOR WRITING TO ME.

HOPE YOU ENJOYED CHAPTER FIVE AS MUCH

Imogen W.
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

I know I’ve already commented with some Jane Nightingale names, but here is a joke.

Tim: Are we in Bath yet?
Nick: *Rolls eyes* Of course we’re in Bath Tim, didn’t you see the sign?
Tim: I did, but if we’re in bath, where’s the water?

From Anthony:

GOOD JOKE, IMOGEN. BUT TOO LATE! WE’VE LEFT BATH BEHIND US AND NOW WE’RE HEADING FOR SCOTLAND (CHAPTER 7)

Yash, Matthew, Sam, Aariz & Liam
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

To Anthony,

Hi. We are asking how you came up with this funny book. By the way, what is important about the rubber duck?
Are you writing any other books right now?

How did you come up with the characters?

From Anthony:

HELLO YASH, MATTHEW, SAM, AARIZ AND LIAM –

YOU’LL HAVE FOUND OUT ABOUT THE RUBBER DUCK IN CHAPTER FIVE!

YES. I’M WRITING A NEW MURDER MYSTERY RIGHT NOW.

AS FOR THE CHARACTERS, I’VE ALWAYS SAID THAT NICK IS ME AS I WISH TO BE AND TIM IS ME AS I AM. AS FOR THE OTHER CHARACTERS, NOT SURE WHERE THEY COME FROM. THEY JUST ARRIVE!

Madison, Poppy, Saffron & Heidi
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

We think that the Tommy and Troy should put rubber ducks around the city.

We think that Mrs Nightingale is on the call and is Tommy and Troy’s boss. I also think that she has Alistair Nightingale is being kidnapped or held as a prisoner by Mrs Nightingale.

HA HA! YOU NEED TO READ ON. CHAPTER 5 TELLS YOU A LOT ABOUT WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING.

From Jack Charles Rishhi Olivia & Estelle

Here are some questions for you.

• -what’s your favourite book?
• -what’s your favourite movie?
• -where do you get your jokes from?

From Anthony:

MY FAVOURITE BOOK IS GREAT EXPECTATIONS BY CHARLES DICKENS.

MY FAVOURITE TWO FILMS ARE THE THIRD MAN AND NORTH BY NORTH WEST. BOTH OF THEM HAVE INSPIRED TIM DIAMOND BOOKS

I GET MY JOKES FROM A VERY NICE MAN WHO BRINGS THEM ROUND IN A WHEELBARROW.

Carys, Esha, Emilie & Freja
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

Hello Anthony,

Here are some jokes as suggestions for you.

Q: Why did the man joke around his bed?
A: To catch up on sleep.

Q: Why can’t ants die of venom?
A: Because they have an anti body.

You know how homonyms always get mixed up by people? Here are a few:
• knot - not
• week- weak
• pear - pair
• new - knew
• know- no

From Anthony:

HI CARYS, ESHA, EMILIE AND FREJA

YOUR ANTS JOKE IS CERTAINLY VERY TOPICAL

TIM THINKS THAT HOMONYMS ARE SOMETHING YOU SING AT CHURCH. HYMN IS,OF COURSE, A HOMONYM OF HIM!

Avy, Ethan, Ishika, Olivia, Oliver & Svara.
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

Hello Anthony,

Your books are hilarious! We think your jokes are awesome. Can you please add a new character to the book that has a funny name and personality? Keep up the good work and we can’t wait to read more of this a fantastic series.

From Anthony:

THANKS – AVY, ETHAN, ISHIKA, OLIVER AND SVARA

NEW CHARACTERS WILL BE APPEARING AS SOON AS NICK AND TIM REACH HARE ISLAND.

Darcy, Spencer, Daniel, Nicholas, Victor & Tilly
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

Darcy, Spencer, Daniel, Nicholas, Victor & Tilly

How about a love triangle between Nick, Jane and Tim?

I would like Jane to actually be the Archbishop.

Make Tommy and Troy like Jane, but she hates them.

Can we make Nick and Tim have a big fight? Brothers do like to fight.

From Anthony:

IF TIM HAD A LOVE TRIANGLE IT WOULD PROBABLY HAVE FOUR SIDES.

TOMMY AND TROY DON’T LIKE GIRLS. OR ANYONE. THEY ONLY LIKE BIKES AND VIOLENCE.

NICK IS TOO KIND TO FIGHT WITH TIM. AND TIM IS TOO DIM TO THINK OF A REASON TO FIGHT.

THANKS FOR THE IDEAS!

Lexi, Sophie, Sofia, Emma, Ava & Thenuki
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

Some feedback/ideas for your story is…

• Can they have a pet?
• Can you use idioms?
• Joke at the bottom of each page.
• Metaphors.
• Attacked by an animal.
• PS: we love the book so far!

From Anthony:

I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT IF TIM GOT A PET. BUT WHAT WOULD HE CHOOSE?

HOW DARE YOU CALL ME AN IDIOM!

GLAD YOU’RE ENJOYING IT.

James, Josiah, Amelie & Will
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

Dear Anthony,

Here are some jokes and puns we came up with:
When Tim and Nick were doing the robbery we all knew they were going to go on land. Instead of island we put is land.

HI JAMES, JOSIAH, ALELIE AND WILL

OR INLAND IN IRELAND?


From Isla, Isaac, Seb, Charlie, Aarav & James

Hello Anthony,

We really enjoyed your first few chapters.

We have some new names for Ms Nightingale.

Fighting Gail
And
Darting nail

From Anthony:

GREAT NAMES! WHY DOES EVERYONE LIKE TIM’S TERRIBLE HABIT OF GETTING PEOPLES’ NAMES WRONG? (I FORGET THEM ALL THE TIME)

Stella, Annabelle, Ian, Ayva & Ruben
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

Name for Jane: Viking snail

If you were at a school and you were a headmaster how many heads would you have? A lot.

From Anthony:

VIKINGSNAIL – YES!

IF YOU’VE READ GROOSHAM GRANGE (BY ME) YOU’LL KNOW IT FEATURES A HEAD WITH TWO HEADS!

Sophie, Sophia, Laura, Josh & Owen
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

Here are some jokes and tip for Where Seagulls Dare:

Tim: after the phone call to the Archbishop: Why would they call a chess piece?
Nick: I found the island! Tim: yes, we all know this “is land”
Tim: Why does the chicken cross the road? Nick: Because he wanted to get to the other side

From Anthony:

THE CHESS PIECE JOKE IS GREAT – I SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF IT. BUT ISN’T THAT CHICKEN JOKE LIKE A MILLION YEARS OLD?

Heidi, Phoebe, Bella, Tanish & Matt
Radford College - Canberra - Australia

For Janes last name, consider Jane Bitingnail.

Joke that Tim or Nick could say: I think Bath was going to be about having a hot soak.
Joke that Tim and Nick could say: I thought I was going to have a bath because I have not had one in three years.
Plot twist: Troy and Tommy become killer clowns.
Plot twist: the rubber duck is a bomb and Troy and Tom want to kill the archbishop.

From Anthony:

THANKS, HEIDI, PHOEBE, BELLA, MATT AND TANISH (GREAT NAME, THAT)

BITINGNAIL IS VERY GOOD. MIGHT WELL USE IT. BUT YOU DO NOT GET ANY ROYALTIES. SORRY.

Radford College - Year 5RK, 5BL & 5DG
Canberra, Australia

Dear Anthony,

These are the final Year 5 classes from Canberra, Australia. We have loved reading the first few chapters of your new book. We especially like how you mentioned Michael Morpurgo’s books. We love his books too. Lots of us are now reading Alex Rider books too.

Kind regards,

Year 5 and Mrs Wilson

From Anthony:

THANKS TO YEAR 5 AND MRS WILSON. TIM DIAMOND SAYS HE’S A HUGE FAN OF MICHAEL POORMURGO BUT I’M NOT CONVINCED HE’S ACTUALLY READ ANY.

Ashley B.
Lincolnshire

Loving each chapter of this story, excited to see where it is going & what new twist is in store for the brothers. My heart goes out to Nick for having to deal with Tim, he deserves some credit or reward once in a while. (Maybe finally meet a friend of his, or life when Tim’s not there.)

My questions are: where do you get the hilarious lines for Tim’s misunderstandings? (He has fantastic responses despite having no gravity to his situations.) Also, will we ever see Chief Inspector Snape or Boyle again? (Loved Public Enemy No. 2’s line of ‘Thick & Nutty’ and I can just imagine them both being roped into this case.)

Also a joke for the story: Tim goes to cut his microwave dinner, finds it tough to cut. Nick responds it is hard to cut with a plastic spoon (that was saved from their takeaways), as Tim sold the silverware for money. (Although their forks & knives weren’t silver, so they only got enough money for a couple of microwave dinners.) Tim remarks food can’t be wasted, only he complains it’s a bit cold. Nick then states for a microwave dinner to work, they actually need a microwave to cook it in. So Tim’s plan is to use a lighter to cook it, Nick states that Tim doesn’t smoke & they have nothing to burn for a fire, let alone any money for a lighter/matches. So Tim resorts to using sunlight to cook it by the window, only a pigeon goes for it. Nick then remarks as the plate falls out the window, that not even the pigeon in the end was willing to try the microwave dinner, or the rats passing by.

Hope you are doing well.

    From Anthony:

    I’M FINE, THANKS, ASHLEY. AND HERE ARE THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS.

    • I’M NOT SURE HOW I THINK UP TIM’S IDIOTIC RESPONSES BUT THEY SEEM TO COME NATURALLY TO ME. PERHAPS I SHOULD BE WORRIED?
    • SNAPE AND BOYLE WON’T APPEAR IN THIS STORY – BUT I DO HOPE I’ll WRITE ABOUT THEM AGAIN ONE DAY.

    I’M NOT SURE TIM KNOWS HOW TO USE A MICROWAVE. I CAN CERTAINLY SEE HIM COOKING SUN DRIED TOMATOES IN THE SUN. BUT HE’S JUST AS LIKELY TO USE A CLOTHES DRIER.

    THANKS FOR WRITING!

    Seth
    England

    I am loving the story so much so far! I have only just started reading the Alex Rider series again. I left off on Ark Angel to read The Lord Of The Rings (so massive genre swap there) but I am back onto the Alex Rider series with Snakehead.

    I am really loving this diamond brothers book, the twists are thrilling. I really wonder how all this hacking equipment stuff is going to play out. The rubber duck/rubber ducky thing was very clever. I notice you use playing with names a lot in these books, such as a certain Madame Erica Nice (mad American) Anyway, this series is powering me through lockdown, so thank you so much. I even wrote a detective novel of my own, about a murder mystery in the confinements in a broken elevator.

    From Anthony:

    SETH – THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS. I’M SO GLAD THE SERIES IS POWERING YOU THROUGH LOCKDOWN. THAT WAS THE IDEA! LOVE THE IDEA OF A MURDER IN AN ELEVATOR. I’VE OFTEN THOUGHT OF IT MYSELF – BUT CAN’T WORK OUT THE END. MAYBE YOU’LL MANAGE IT!

    Ella
    UK

    I think that this book is very good so far and would recommend it to other readers aged 7-13.

    One of the features I like a lot about this book is the humour; I read a lot of crime solving books like this and they’re all usually so focused on the story-line that they don’t think about breaking it up with any humour which is why I think this book is so unique against others like it.

    Another thing I think is very good is the way characters and the settings are described. Even from the first line you know where its set, when its set, and what type of book it might be. As soon as one of the characters, Tim Diamond, is introduced you know what type of character he’s going to be - the sort of character who makes you laugh, a lot!

    I really like the way the book makes you sit on the edge of your seat and can still be mysterious in a way that makes you think about who the culprit might be or what could have happened despite the fact that it’s a humourous book. It gives a good balance between the two.

    There is some very good punctuation. I really like the language he uses and how he uses real life objects and places to give the story a sense of reality. Another great punctuation feature is the different sentence lengths, they’re effective.

    This isn’t usually the type of book i would pick up on looking at the name or the cover but reading this extract has made me think i will be reading more of Anthony’s books in the future.

    In conclusion, i think this is an amazing book that all children who like mystery books should get to experience.

    From Anthony:
    Andrew, Oliver, Ethan & Will - Radford College
    Canberra - Australia

    The book was good, and we enjoyed it. Did Alister drown in a bath?

    From Anthony:

    HA HA! NO. HE’S STILL ALIVE (WHOOPS – SPOILER ALERT)

    Sarah, Sari, Imogen & Claire - Radford College
    Canberra - Australia

    Here are some other names for Jane.

    Ms Fighting Hail;
    Ms Lightning Trail;
    Ms Fighting Jail;
    Ms Sighting Pale;
    Ms Liking Kale (but who likes kale?).

    Eli, Luca, Xavier & Tom

    Dear Anthony,
    We are enjoying your book so far and all agree it is and amazingly funny book from the dad jokes to the exhilarating plot line. We have some extra material that you might want to include in your book.

    Miss Nightingale’s next funny name: Miss Jam and hail (as one word)

    From Anthony:

    I SEE YOU ALL ENJOY TIM’S UNFORTUNATE HABIT OF GETTING NAMES WRONG! THIS IS SOMETHING I OFTEN DO TOO…

    Dorinda, Jeexin & Dilisha - Radford College
    Canberra - Australia

    Hello Anthony, here are some ideas for your new book, ’Where Seagulls Dare’.

    Hope you like them.

    Why is Jane thinking that Australia is missing, it’s not, clearly, it is on the globe?
    IT’S ALISTAR. But you need to pronounce it with an ’a’ not an ’i’

    We also suggest a plot twist, Jane is Tim and Nick’s secret sister and she killed their parents on the plane. Then she escaped the plane and is planning to kill the brothers by luring them to Bath to find a not real person.

    From Anthony:

    YOUR IDEA ABOUT JANE IS NOT THAT FAR FROM WHAT I HAVE IN MIND! BUT SHE CAN’T BE THEIR SECRET SISTER! THE SISTER’S NAME IS DORA AND SHE’S ONLY TWO YEARS OLD.

    Molly, Sonja, Suha & Amelia - Radford College
    Canberra - Australia

    Hi, we are from Radford College. We have some jokes we think would be awesome to put in your very funny story that we love as a class!

    Nick: Can I watch the T.V?
    Tim: Sure, but just don’t turn it on!

    Tim: Nick I burned 8,000 calories! I left the brownies in the oven too long!

    From Anthony:

    IF I USE ONE OF THESE JOKES, HOW MUCH WILL I OWE YOU? THE TV JOKE IS VERY TIM DIAMOND!

    Samanth, Ben & Lingwen - Radford College
    Canberra - Australia

    We have some jokes for you. These are the jokes:

    England doesn’t have a kidney bank, but it does have a liver pool.
    “Go drink your drink” says Nick, “Wait, if you can drink a drink, why can’t you food a food?”
    A woman asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over.

    From Anthony:

    IS THAT LAST JOKE ORIGINAL? IT MADE ME LAUGH!

    5TM – Radford College
    Canberra, Australia

    Dear Anthony,

    We are a Year 5 class from Canberra, Australia. Our teacher librarian introduced us to Where Seagulls Dare and we have loved reading the first few chapters. Here are some suggestions from 5TM. We hope you they make you laugh. We can’t wait to read the book when it is published.

    Kind regards,

    5TM and Mrs Wilson

    From Anthony:

    THANKS FOR SHARING THIS WITH ME, MRS WILSON. IT’S OBVIOUS TO ME THAT RADFORD COLLEGE ATTRACTS STUDENTS WITH A BIZARRE SENSE OF HUMOUR. MUST BE SOMETHING IN THE WATER…

    Caelan H.
    Ireland

    I’m really enjoying this book its really funny I just finished chapter 2 I started reading it today. I really enjoy Alex rider I’m on Russian roulette + I did your short story challenge the Alex rider one. I love the way your letting the public read your book its really kind in everyone’s hour of need its good to laugh. your doing a great job keep up the good work.

    From Anthony:

    THANKS, CAELAN. YOU’RE RIGHT – WE ALL NEED JOKES RIGHT NOW GLAD MINE ARE HITTING THE SPOT!

    Students of 5SW, Radford College
    Canberra - Australia

    Dear Anthony,

    We are a Year 5 class from Canberra, Australia. Our teacher librarian introduced us to Where Seagulls Dare and we have loved reading the first few chapters. Here are some suggestions from 5SW. We hope you they make you laugh. We can’t wait to read the book when it is published.

    [There are four more classes who will also be giving you feedback this week too, as part of our library lessons.]

    Kind regards,

    5SW and Mrs Wilson

    —————-

    From Georgia, Jeevaa, Rupert and Anya:

    Here’s a joke that you could include:
    I found your dad “where” in the bath in Bath.

    Some other names for Mrs Nightingale could be:
    Mrs Writing Wale;
    Mrs Nighty Male;
    Mrs Writing Snail;
    Mrs Brightening something.

    From Eloise, Emma & Sathvik:

    Here are our suggestions:
    Here are some dad jokes that we know: can you please add some more of the funny names?

    Here is a paragraph for you:

    Tim gets 2 lemons from the fridge and he gives one to his younger brother. His younger brothers says, “I think this lemon tastes bad, I think it’s sick”. Tim says “give it a lemon aid”.

    From Ricky, Sam, Annica & Miles:

    The jokes were very good and funny. We liked the twist at the end of chapter 1 were she couldn’t even spell her father’s name.
    Here’s some advice:
    You could add more twists like that one and add more jokes about the lady and her name, it is a great book keep it up.

    From Natalia, Marcus & Olivia:

    here are some things to include:
    Dad jokes;
    Funny pictures;
    Silly words.

    And Jane gets a phone call from an unknown sender. She picks it up and it was a secret agent and wants to know how close she is to finding Alastair. When they get off the train, Tim has a bomb that explodes glitter into Janes face.

    Another name for Jane could be Ms Miming Rail.

    From Lexi, Zi You, Abbey & Darcy:

    Bob said to Jeff guess how many doughnuts I have in my bag. “If you guess how many I have you can have both”.

    From Jasper, Samai & Ellie:

    In the first few chapters of Where Seagulls Dare, we have seen that you like dad jokes and we have some for you.
    Why did the dolphin cross the bay? To get to the other tide.
    What is a dad’s favourite peas? Peas and quiet.
    My friend Robert was going on and on about how great it is to cook food on a stick, so I just said ‘’K Bob.’’

    From Sahana, Tom & Georgie:

    Here are some names for Miss Nightingale:
    Miss Viking snail;
    Miss Biting snail;
    Miss Fighting whale.

    From Anthony:

    GREAT TO HEAR FROM YEAR 5 CLASS IN CANBERRA. THANKS, MRS WILSON. I LOVED ALL THE DIFFERENT NAMES FOR JANE NIGHTINGALE. THE DOUGHNUT JOKE IS PURE TIM DIAMOND. THE LEMON AID JOKE WOULD DESTROY MY CAREER! THERE ARE LOTS MORE TWISTS TO COME.

    YOUR CLASS SEEMS TO HAVE A TERRIFIC SENSE OF HUMOUR – SOMETHING WE ALL NEED RIGHT NOW. THANKS FOR THESE FUN IDEAS.

    Sophie P.
    Bruce, Canberra, Australia

    I liked these first chapters and they made me desperately want to read the next chapters. It hooked me in and I can’t wait to read more! I liked how you said ” I could swear I saw a bunch of them sunbathing on the towpath.” and it made me laugh. I also like how Nick acts so dumb in front of Jane Nightingale.

    From Anthony:

    THANKS, SOPHIE. FUNNY HOW LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE TOLD ME THEIR FAVOURITE JOKES OUT OF THE BOOK. BUT THE SAME JOKE HAS NEVER BEEN MENTIONED TWICE!

    Muhammad D.
    Ilford

    This an amazing book. I think I am addicted to it. Sometimes I am so intrigued into the Horowitz world that I don’t realise it is time for work. Some people hate reading but for those who hate reading, they should read this, it will brighten their day.

    It is so hilarious.
    Looking forward to the rest of your books.
    I am one of your biggest fans.

    From Anthony:

    I CAN’T IMAGINE ANYONE HATING READING, MUHAMMAD. NOT WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT (AND VARIED) BOOKS OUT THERE. ANYWAY, I’M GLAD YOU ENJOY READING ME. THANKS.

    Andreas L.
    Scotland

    I have read the first three chapters of “Where seagulls dare” and I absolutely loved them! I especially found the description of Jane Nightingale when she comes into Tim’s office hilarious. In addition, the Alex Rider books got me into reading as my teacher recommended Stormbreaker to me when I was younger and now I’ve followed Alex all the way to Nightshade, which has been amazing! So thanks for the great books.

    From Anthony:

    AND THANKS FOR THIS KIND MESSAGE, ANDREAS. PLEASE PASS ON MY THANKS TO THE TEACHER WHO RECOMMENDED ME.

    Rabeel H.
    Peterborough, United Kingdom

    I’ve been a fan of yours for the past 15 years and love your writing. (I’m 27 now lol)

    As well as the Alex Rider and Groosham Grange series, I love the Diamond Brothers…so I was so glad when I heard that you were writing another one, I read the first 3 chapters earlier today and I can’t wait for read the rest!!
    I was very intrigued when Jane spelt her own father’s name wrong, and can’t wait for that mystery to be unearthed.
    PS: Looking forward to watching the Alex Rider series next month 😁

    From Anthony:

    HI RABEEL. 27??? I WISH I WAS STILL 27. LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF ALEX RIDER ON TV – HOPE YOU LIKE IT.

    Maryam K.
    Worcester , United Kingdom

    Hi Mr Horowitz,
    Can i just say how amazing your writing is. I love your Alex Rider books. I think that it’s incredible how you are using this time to write a book and sharing it with young people and asking for feedback. Your stories are amazing and even in progress they are an outstanding read. Our school really loves your writing and we have named our English Block after you. Also you have inspired me to write my own stories. Would you have any writing tips for me? My email is up there on my form so please send me some help. I really struggle. But, an amazing story so far, keep it up!!

    From Anthony:

    THAT’S VERY KIND OF YOU, MARYAM. THRILLED TO HAVE AN ENGLISH BLOCK NAMED AFTER ME! GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR WRITING. MY TIPS? KEEP READING! PLAN YOUR WORK BEFORE YOU START WRITING. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. AND ABOVE ALL, ENJOY WHAT YOU’RE DOING. IF YOU’RE NOT ENJOYING IT, SOMETHING HAS GONE WRONG.

    Ashley B.
    Boston, Lincolnshire

    Loving the Diamond Brothers story so far, its fantastic to be reading about their crazy antics again. Takes me back to being a child reading public enemy number two all over again. I do hope this story will lead into The Radius Of The Lost Shark, the Diamond Brothers finally going to Australia & meeting their sister. (Ever since that book was teased, I’ve been hoping to finally read it.)

    From Anthony:

    THANKS, ASHLEY. I’VE LOVED REDISCOVERING THE DIAMOND BROTHERS AND IT DOES MAKE ME MORE DETERMINED TO WRITE “THE RADIUS OF THE LOST SHARK”. JUST DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH. A LOT OF BOOKS TO FINISH FIRST!

    Hisham H.
    Reading, England

    I am a die hard fan of all of your books, especially Alex Rider. I have read all the Alex Rider books, Diamond brother books and the power of five except for Oblivion. Storm-breaker was the first book I ever read!

    The new Diamond Brother story is funny and interesting. I read chapter 1 and 2 and I am eager to read chapter three.

    A joke you might want to add in the future:

    The Diamond brothers go to Jane’s house to investigate and they find an envelope. Tim opens it and finds some cash and a letter. He reads the letter and says.“She seems to be paying someone called Tim Diamond. I think I have heard this name before,” Tim says.

    Nick frowns and says, “It’s you.”

    From Anthony:

    THANK YOU! I SHALL SHOW YOUR JOKE TO MY PUBLISHER AND IF IT MAKES HER LAUGH I DEFINITELY WON’T USE IT BECAUSE SHE NEVER, EVER LAUGHS AT MY JOKES AND IT WILL MAKE ME JEALOUS.

    I’M REALLY GLAD YOU’RE ENJOYING THE BOOK SO FAR.

    Oscar H
    Wiltshire, UK

    I read the first chapter last night with my brother and we thought it was really funny and very good. I’m really looking forward to chapter 2. Thank you.

    From Oscar H. age 10.

    From Anthony:

    THANKS, OSCAR. I’M WRITING CHAPTER 3 RIGHT NOW. CHAPTER TWO WILL BE UP VERY SOON.

    Ruben P.H
    Bracknell

    Chapter one was really good I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Do you have any tips about making a fiction story. By the way I’m 9 and I want to be an author when I’m older. Mabey you can make all the clues add up to the lady that just visited the diamonds. but it is a completely different women who doesn’t seem suspicious. My favourite part was at the end of chapter 1.

    From Anthony:

    RUBEN, THANKS FOR YOUR SUGGESTION. SOME TIPS FOR WRITING A FICTION STORY: 1) GET AN IDEA THAT WON’T LEAVE YOUR HEAD AND LIVE WITH IT FOR A WHILE. 2) PLAN YOUR STORY. 3) FEEL THE FLOW…GO WHERE THE STORY TAKES YOU. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR WRITING CAREER!

    Christine M.
    England

    I LOVED the twist at the end of chapter one with the daughter not being able to spell her own ‘father’s’ name which was gripping. The whole polish tattoo salon was funny but I thought the offhand comment about the woman’s tattoo definitely not being done in (wherever it was) was slightly un-needed. I also think the dog in a toilet paper simile was slightly strange, but then again its funny.

    From Anthony:

    THANKS FOR THESE COMMENTS, CHRISTINE. THE DOG IN THE TOILET PAPER COMMENT REFERS TO THE ADVERTISEMENTS FOR ANDREX WHICH FEATURE CUTE LABRADOR PUPPIES. I MIGHT DROP IT IN THE FINISHED BOOK.

    Tina H
    Germany

    Thank you so much for bringing the Diamond Brothers back. I´m from Germany and my english is very bad but just because of the Diamond Brothers, I started to make my english better to understand the books.

    Short story: When I was younger, I bought the first an the third book. The second was not available. And Amazon wasn`t existing at this time. So I went into our library and borrowed the second book. And it was my favourite one. So I borrowed it month by month and read it again and again. After 13 month, they told me I have to leave it at the library because others wants to read it. I was very unhappy about it. but just a few weeks later, I saw the book on eBay, just for 1,50 €. And of course, I bought it. Thank you for these great storys.

    And everytime, when I travel to Great Britain, I buy a box of Maltesers 😊

    Kind regards

    Tina H.

    From Anthony:

    WHAT A GREAT STORY, TINA. I’M SHOCKED THEY DON’T SELL MALTESERS IN GERMANY, THOUGH. AND YOUR ENGLISH IS BRILLIANT, BY THE WAY!

    Georgia M
    Manchester

    The first chapter of the new diamond brothers book is absolutely brilliant! I loved the plot twist about the new character Jane Nightingale and how she didnt know how to spell her suposed father’s name. I was also really amused by the part where Tim asked where Jane’s neighbours were even though if they were neighbours they had to be next door. I hope chapter two is just as hilarious and I look forward to the whole book, spelling mistakes or not. 😊

    From Anthony:

    THANKS, GEORGIA. NOT SURE I’LL FINISH THE WHOLE BOOK DURING LOCKDOWN BUT MOVING ONTO CHAPTER 3 NOW…

    Aashi
    India

    🤣😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣 It was amazing . Can’t wait to read more!!! Loved it !!!! All of it from starting to bottom😁

    From Anthony:

    MUCH BETTER THAN READING IT FROM BOTTOM TO TOP, AASHI.

    Marla D.L
    Sharon, MA USA

    Just wanted to say this is a HUGE change from Alex Rider! I’m a big fan of Alex’s 😊 and the writing in this book is well…........so different! Although there is sarcastic humor….it’s more slapstick. I assume it’s for a younger audience? It’s amusing, I’ll read the 2nd chapter…thanks for the Alex Rider books, they’re awesome.

    From Anthony:

    YES, MARLA. I STARTED WRITING THE DIAMOND BROTHERS LONG BEFORE I CREATED ALEX AND THESE BOOKS ARE MUCH LESS SERIOUS. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN FOND OF NICK DIAMOND THOUGH AND I’M HAVING FUN WRITING ABOUT HIM AGAIN.