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Lee Child

Born Jim Grant on 29 October, 1954 in Coventry, Jack Reacher author Lee Child chose his pen name after making the decision to pursue a career in writing following redundancy from his work in TV. He chose ‘Lee’ as part of a family joke and ‘Child’ so that his books would sit between Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie on the shelves of bookshops - exactly where he sees his novels.

Lee Child’s debut novel Killing Floor was a bestseller and won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Since then, he has won numerous awards and sold over 100 million copies in 99 countries and 42 languages. Lee Child starts writing a new book on 1 September every year and now lives in New York State. A huge fan of Aston Villa Football Club, he drinks over 30 cups of coffee every day!


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  • The Hero

    Lee Child

    Product Code: CBWQI
    Hardback
    WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD... 'It's Lee Child. Why would you not read it?' Karin Slaughter 'I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page' The Times In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world - arguing that we need them now more than ever. From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling? Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, The Hero is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we'll always need heroes.
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