Lee Child was born in Coventry and spent his childhood in Birmingham. Academically bright, he was awarded a scholarship and went to the same school that JRR Tolkien attended, before heading to university. Lee studied law but never become a lawyer. Instead, he worked in theatre and then in television on programmes including Brideshead Revisited, Prime Suspect and Cracker. After many years working as a presentation director at Granada Television, he was made redundant in 1995 after a corporate restructure. This was a blessing in disguise, as it was at this point of his life, aged 40, that he began writing
Lee had always been an avid reader and 18 years in TV had taught him how to tell a story, so this sudden change in career didn't faze him. He created the character Jack Reacher and wrote the first book in the series which he called Killing Floor. His debut novel was an instant hit with readers and his fan-base has grown ever since. As well as numerous novels, Lee has written a number of short stories and has won various awards. In 1998, Lee Child moved to the US where he still lives with his wife, Jane. They also have a grown-up daughter, Ruth.
Lee Child's Fantastic New Book
Jack Reacher walks alone. Once the go-to hard man in the US military police he is now a drifter of no fixed abode, but the army tracks him down. Someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president and only one man could have done it. Reacher is the one man who can find him. This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in the Lee Child’s number-one bestselling series sees Reacher travel across the Atlantic to Paris, and then on to London. The stakes have never been higher because this time, its personal.