The Reacher guy - Heather Martin

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Title
The Reacher guy - the authorised biography of Lee Child
Author
Heather Martin
format
Hardback
Publisher
Constable
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20200929

Jack Reacher is only the second of Jim Grant's great fictional characters: the first is Lee Child himself. Heather Martin's biography tells the story of all three.

Lee Child is the enigmatic powerhouse behind the bestselling Jack Reacher novels. With millions of devoted fans across the globe, and over a hundred million copies of his books sold in more than forty languages, he is that rarity, a writer who is lauded by critics and revered by readers. And yet curiously little has been written about the man himself.

The Reacher Guy is a compelling and authoritative portrait of the artist as a young man, refracted through the life of his fictional avatar, Jack Reacher. Through parallels drawn between Child and his literary creation, it tells the story of how a boy from Birmingham with a ferocious appetite for reading grew up to become a high-flying TV executive, before coming full circle and establishing himself as the strongest brand in publishing.

Heather Martin explores Child's lifelong fascination with America, and shows how the Reacher novels fed and fuelled this obsession, shedding light on the opaque process of publishing a novel along the way. Drawing on her conversations and correspondence with Child over a number of years, as well as interviews with his friends, teachers and colleagues, she forensically pieces together his life, traversing back through the generations to Northern Ireland and County Durham, and following the trajectory of his extraordinary career via New York and Hollywood until the climactic moment when, in 2020, having written a continuous series of twenty-four books, he finally breaks free of his fictional creation.

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Heather Martin was born in West Australia. She read languages at Cambridge, where she also did a PhD in comparative literature, and has held teaching and research positions at Cambridge, Hull, King's College London, and most recently, the Graduate Center, City University New York.

Heather is a long-time Jack Reacher fan. While waiting to get her hands on the next in the series, she once read a Lee Child book in Spanish and wound up writing to the author about the fate of his character in translation. The Reacher Guy is her first biography. She is based in London.

Riveting . . . archival diligence . . . [Martin] is a skilled and audacious interlocutor, too, but her subject is just as adept as interviewee . . . starkly affecting
Irish Times

What page turners, what prose, what landscapes, what motorways and motels, what mythic dimensions! Lee Child does all the things I could never do, and I read, awestruck, waiting impatiently for the next.

Lee Child ought to be illegal ... His books are utterly addictive. You can't stop reading them. Or at least I can't. Surely that should be a crime.

A dazzling description of where Reacher meets Child meets Jim Grant. With justice meted out!

Meticulously researched and hugely insightful, The Reacher Guy will prove to be indispensable reading for Lee Child fans everywhere.

Vivid and entertaining . . . a must-buy for any aspiring novelist, thanks in particular to its terrific insight into how Child's first book was written, rewritten, edited, sold and published.
The Telegraph

You'll emerge from the first 300-odd pages knowing more about [Child's] formative years that you do about your own.
The Times

Superbly crafted biography.
Sydney Morning Herald

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Authors, English - 20th century - Biography.|Authors, American - 20th century - Biography.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
viii, 518 , 16 unnumbered of plates

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