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Lee Child        

New York Times Bestselling Author of the "Jack Reacher" Novels and Award-Winning Thriller Writer

Internationally #1 bestselling author Lee Child is firmly established as “the best thriller writer of the moment” (New York Times), with more than 22 million copies of his novels in print worldwide. His hero, ex-Army cop Jack Reacher, a loner with no evident roots, has been called “the toughest guy in literature,” and Child’s events draw standing-room-only crowds of hundreds of fans (dubbed “Reacher creatures”).

Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood of nearby Birmingham. As a boy he was tall for his age, and he became a protector of sorts for less fortunate classmates. One day he saw a bully harassing a girl, so he beat him up on the way home, rolling him down a hill covered with nettles for good measure. The tough guy was born. Is Child himself Jack Reacher? “He’s everything I could be if I could get away with it,” Child admits.

He went to law school in Sheffield, England, then spent eighteen years as a presentation director for Granada Television in Manchester. When a corporate restructuring caused him to lose his job in 1995, he gave himself a year to try his hand at fiction. He wrote Killing Floor—his first novel to feature Reacher—which won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery and was a critical and commercial success. Lee Child is now the author of nineteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers 61 Hours, The Enemy (which won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel), One Shot, The Hard Way, Bad Luck and Trouble, and Nothing to Lose. All of his titles have been optioned for major motion pictures.

Speech Topics

From Knight Errant to Jack Reacher: Why We Need Tough Guys in Life and Literature

The Evolution of Storytelling

Creating the Toughest Guy in Literature


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