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Lee Child

Creator of the Jack Reacher novels and one of the most successful thriller writers in the world.

29/10/1954 -
  • Jim Grant, writing as Lee Child, is one of the most successful British novelists of the last fifteen years. He was born in Coventry but grew up in Birmingham and studied law at Sheffield University. 

  • His first novel, Killing Floor, was published in 1997 to both commercial and critical acclaim and Grant has now written around twenty equally successful Jack Reacher novels.

  • He cannily chose the surname "Child" in his surname so as to be placed directly in between Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie on bookshop shelves.

  • His books are currently being adapted into a number of feature films with Tom Cruise in the Jack Reacher role.

Book and writing awards

Anthony Award 1997 (Killing Floor), Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award 2010 (61 Hours) and Specsavers' National Book Award, Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year 2012 (A Wanted Man).

Similar authors to Lee Child

James PattersonMichael Connelly and Jeffery Deaver.

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Linwood Barclay's top 10 thrillers

Posted on 19th May, 2014 by Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay knows a thing or two about thrillers, so to mark the publication of A Tap on the Window in paperback this week here are his top ten thriller movies of all time.