2020 Booker Prize Judge
Lee Child is the bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series.
Born James Grant in Coventry and raised in Birmingham, he now lives in New York. His Jack Reacher series was described by Forbes as ‘The Strongest Brand in Publishing’. With a hundred million copies of his books available in forty languages, two film adaptations and a TV series in production, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels make up one of the most successful book series in print. Lee, who has been, at various times, a law student, a stage manager and a union organiser, became an author at the age of 40 after an eighteen-year career producing TV in Britain.
During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. Lee is the recipient of many awards, most recently Author of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. He was appointed CBE for services to literature in 2019.