Jim Grant (born 1954), higher identified by way of his pen identify Lee Child, is a British mystery creator. His first novel, Killing Floor, gained the Anthony Award for Best First Novel.
Each of Child’s novels follows the adventures of a former American Military Policeman, Jack Reacher, who wanders the United States.
Though Grant was once born in Coventry, England, his folks moved him and his 3 brothers to Handsworth Wood in Birmingham when he was once 4 years previous, so the lads may get a greater training. Grant attended Cherry Orchard Primary School in Handsworth Wood till the age of 11 and was once probably the most cleverest boys in his yr. He attended King Edward’s School, Birmingham, additionally the alma mater of J. R. R. Tolkien and Enoch Powell. His father was once a civil servant and his more youthful brother, Andrew Grant, may be a mystery novelist.
Some of Grant’s early influences come with Enid Blyton, W.E. Johns, and Alistair MacLean.
In 1974, at age 20, Grant attended legislation faculty in Sheffield at Sheffield University, although he had no purpose of getting into the felony occupation and, all over his scholar days, labored behind the curtain in a theatre. Instead, he took a role in industrial tv after graduating.
In January 2012, Grant donated £10,000 in opposition to a brand new car for Brecon Mountain Rescue Team. He presented the donation as a result of his brother is a senior member of the group. The group’s former keep an eye on car was once written off after a collision in 2011.
His spouse Jane is from New York. Child may be keen on Aston Villa Football Club.
Grant joined Granada Television, a part of the United Kingdom’s ITV Network, in Manchester as a presentation director. There he was once concerned with presentations together with Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel within the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. Grant was once concerned within the transmission of greater than 40,000 hours of programming for Granada, writing hundreds of advertisements, information tales, and trailers. He stayed with Granada 1977-1995 and ended his occupation there with two years as a industry union store steward.
After being let pass from his task on account of company restructuring, he made up our minds he sought after to start out writing novels, mentioning they’re "the purest type of leisure." In 1997, his first novel, Killing Floor, was once revealed and he moved to the United States in the summertime of 1998.
He has mentioned that he selected the identify Reacher for the central personality in his novels as a result of he’s himself tall and, in a grocery store (Asda in Kendal, Cumbria, when he was once residing in Kirkby Lonsdale), his spouse Jane advised him: "Hey, if this writing factor does not pan out, you want to at all times be a reacher in a grocery store."… "I assumed, Reacher – just right identify." Some books within the Reacher sequence are written in first individual, whilst others are written within the 3rd individual.
In 2007, Grant collaborated with 14 different writers to create the 17-part serial mystery The Chopin Manuscript narrated by way of Alfred Molina that was once broadcast weekly on Audible.com from 25 September 2007 to 13 November 2007.
On 30 June 2008, it was once introduced that Lee Child could be taking on a Visiting Professorship on the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom from November 2008. In 2009, Child funded 52 Jack Reacher scholarships for college kids on the college.
Child was once elected president of the Mystery Writers of America in 2009.
Jack Reacher sequence
Lee Child – Killing Floor (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Die Trying (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Tripwire (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Running Blind (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Echo Burning (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Without Fail (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Persuader (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – The Enemy (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – One Shot (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – The Hard Way (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Bad Luck And Trouble (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Nothing To Lose (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Gone Tomorrow (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – 61 Hours (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Worth Dying For (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – The Affair (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – A Wanted Man (learn by way of Jeff Harding)
Lee Child – Never Go Back (learn by way of Jeff Harding)
Lee Child – Personal (learn by way of Jeff Harding)
Lee Child – Make Me (learn by way of Jeff Harding)
Lee Child – Jack Reacher’s Rules (learn by way of D*ick Hill)
Lee Child – Night School (learn by way of Jeff Harding)
Lee Child – The Midnight Line (learn by way of Jeff Harding)
Lee Child – Past Tense (learn by way of Jeff Harding)
Lee Child – No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories (learn by way of Kerry Shale)
Lee Child – First Thrills (learn by way of Joyce Been, David Colacci, Luke Daniels, Susan Ericksen, Mel Foster, Phil Gigante, D*ick Hill, Laural Merlington, Dan John Miller, Michael Paige, Nick Podehl, Natalie Ross)
Lee Child – Inherit The Dead (learn by way of Christopher Evan Welch)
Jack Reacher sequence