Ever wondered what it takes to be a #1 bestselling author? According to Forbes, Lee Child is the world’s strongest brand in publishing. In Australia he is a #1 bestselling novelist, and his Jack Reacher books are the most borrowed titles in our libraries.
Join Dr Andy Martin, lecturer at Cambridge, and thriller writer James Phelan, as they discuss the genius of Lee Child, the enduring appeal of Jack Reacher, and give a glimpse into the thriller writing process.
Andy Martin is author of the excellent “how to” book, “Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me” (Random House). Lee Child started writing his 20th Jack Reacher novel, ‘Make Me’, at 2.26 pm on September 1, 2014. He finished it at 12.24 on April 10, 2015. From the first word (‘Moving’) through to the last (‘needle’), Andy Martin sat in his office in Manhattan, and shadowed the author around America and Europe, and watched him write it.
A special pre-recorded video from Lee Child will also be played during the evening.
Books will be available for sale on the night from The Sun Bookstore. James Phelan and Andy Martin will also be signing books from 9pm.
This is a free event but registering for RSVP is essential.
Dinner and drinks are available for purchase at the bar upstairs at the Rising Sun from 6.30 to 7.30pm. The evening will officially commence at 7.30pm.
About the authors:
Dr Andy Martin was the first ever surfing correspondent to the Times of London and is the author of not just one but two cult classics, Walking on Water, and Stealing the Wave. Andy’s most recently published work is Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me: “as if Jack Reacher wrote literary criticism instead of beating bad guys to death with his elbows” (Steven Poole, Financial Times). He teaches French at the University of Cambridge and writes weekly essays for The Independent. http://andymartinink.co.uk
Lee Child is the author of twenty-one New York Times bestselling ex-Military Policeman Jack Reacher thrillers, twelve of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures—including Jack Reacher (based on One Shot) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in one hundred territories, with over 150M copies sold. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City. http://www.leechild.com
Dr James Phelan is the Melbourne-based award-winning and bestselling author of twenty-seven novels and one work of non-fiction. He has been a full-time author since 2006, and through his publishers Hachette and Scholastic he has sold over five million copies world-wide. He has written five geo-political thrillers featuring ex-Australian Navy operative turned investigate reporter Lachlan Fox, as well as the ALONE trilogy of YA post-apocalyptic novels, the children's adventure series THE LAST THIRTEEN, and from 2013 James introduced the ex-CIA operative Jed Walker in a series of suspense thrillers. http://www.jamesphelan.com.au