James Dover Grant CBE is a British author who writes thriller novels. He is best known for his Jack Reacher novel series. His pen name, Lee Child, comes from a family joke about a heard mispronunciation of the name of Renault’s Le Car.
About Lee Child in brief
James Dover Grant CBE is a British author who writes thriller novels. He is best known for his Jack Reacher novel series. His first novel, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. In January 2020, Grant announced that he would be retiring from writing the Jack. Reacher book series, and hand it to his brother Andrew Grant, who will write the next few books together with Grant before passing the series over to him. His pen name, Lee Child, comes from a family joke about a heard mispronunciation of the name of Renault’s Le Car, as \”Lee Car\”. Calling anything ‘Lee’ became a family gag. In 2019, it was announced that Child would be curating a new TV show called Lee Child: True Crime: crime stories from around the world.
The show will focus on average people who go to extraordinary lengths to fight crime or seek justice. Grant was born in Coventry and grew up in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham. He studied law at University of Sheffield and worked in commercial television. He worked at Granada Television from 1977 to 1995 and ended his career with two years as a trade union shop steward. In 2007, Grant collaborated with 14 other writers to create the 17-part serial thriller The Chopin Manuscript, narrated by Alfred Molina, which was broadcast weekly on Audible. com between 25 September 2007 and 13 November 2007.