Lee Child Breaks Records in Australia
Night School is the highest Lee Child new release title that Transworld Australia has ever distributed.
In just 6 weeks Transworld Australia has distributed over 115,000 copies.
Night School has spent 5 weeks as the No 1 Fiction titles on BookScan. This is an improvement on Lee's previous title Make Me which spent 3 weeks at No 1.
In Australia Night School has sold over 80,000 copies, an increase of 14% on Make Me!
A great end of the year for Lee in Australia.
Night School Stays at No 1 for the Third Week Running
Lee Child's 21st novel Night School has stayed emphatically at No 1 for the third week running.
The smash hit thriller has sold nearly 10,000 copies more than this week's No 2.
Night School has now sold 93,000 copies in just three weeks.
Child and Reacher Continue to Break Records
Lee Child's most recent novel Night School achieved No 1 in the UK Bookscan charts in its first week of sales, with 48,026 copies sold.
This is the highest weekly total of any Hardback Original Fiction title in 2016. It's more than double the previous record which was held by Jeffery Archers's This Was A Man, which sold 20,927.
Night School's first week sales are up by 51% compared to that of the previous Reacher Hardback novel, Make Me.
Reacher's Transatlantic Success
Lee Child's novel Night School has gone straight to No 1 in the US and UK.
It tops the UK Bookscan Chart as well as the US Indie List and Barnes and Nobles List.
This is the 21st Reacher novel for Lee Child, and it keeps going from strength to strength.
Truly, nobody does it better.
Make Me Reaching the Top in the US
On the New York Times lists this week, Lee Child's Make Me is the No.1 Hardcover, No.1 Digital and No. combined Hardcover and ebook bestseller. Awesome!
The Only Way is Up for Lee Child
Make Me, Lee Child's 20th Reacher adventure, goes straight to the top spot in Australia and New Zealand in its first week of publication.
Jack Reacher Returns...
Out in the US on September the 8th...
3 Weeks at No.1 Both Sides of the Atlantic!
Lee Child's Personal remained at No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic for 3 weeks running. He still remains No.1 in the US on the NY Times Mass Market Paperback chart.
No.1 on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Lee Child's Personal has stormed into the charts at No.1 in both the US and the UK this week in paperback.
This Time It's 'Personal'
No. 1 worldwide megaseller Lee Child's 19th Jack Reacher, Personal, is out to buy now in paperback in the UK.
"Lee Child has a way with words. I’m a fan."
"One of the truly memorable tough-guy heroes."
"Gives new meaning to what a page-turner should be."
"If I was to be executed at dawn, I would choose to spend the night reading the next Jack Reacher thriller."
Personal is Shortlisted for the National Book Awards Crime & Thriller of The Year!
International acclaim for Reacher
The Rights Department are thrilled to announce that on Thursday 4th September, Lee Child's 19th Reacher novel, Personal, was awarded the incredibly prestigious Premio RBA de Novela Negra in Barcelona, Spain.
Nearly 250 manuscripts, from writers all over the world, were submitted to the jury which was made up of bestselling thriller writer Lorenzo Silva, award-winning author Soledad Puértolas, journalist and author Antonio Lozano, bookseller Paco Camarasa and President of the Cultural Foundation run by RBA, Juaquim Palau.
Via video-satellite link Lee took part in a live Press Conference from New York, where he answered questions from Spain's biggest newspapers and press agencies.
The prize was celebrated at a glamourous award ceremony on the roof terrace of the RBA offices. With views of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia to the North and the Meditteranean Sea to the South, over 1,100 writers, publishers, agents, musicians, actors and politicians attended. Because Lee wasn't able to be in Barcelona, Mary Darby and Clare Wallace were delighted to represent him at the award ceremony. The award was introduced by actress Aitana Sánchez-Gijón and presented to Mary by President of the Catalan goverment, Artur Mas. Mary passed on Lee's thanks in a short speech.
Lee is due to visit Spain in October to launch the Spanish edition of PERSONAL.
Reacher returns to the No.1 spot
We are delighted to announce that Personal has entered the UK hardback bestseller charts at No.1! After just one week of sales, over 29,000 hardback copies of Lee Child's latest Reacher novel, Personal, have been sold. Congratulations, Lee!
Not A Drill - A Reacher Short Story is Out NOW!
The brand new Jack Reacher short story, published exclusively as an ebook.
The tiny town of Naismith has nothing going for it - except the start of a wilderness trail through Maine's ancient forests. But one day the trail is suddenly closed by county police.
No reason is given. Rumours start - is there something in the woods that no one must see? That no one must even know about?
Then Jack Reacher drifts into town. What does he make of the Do Not Enter tape strung between the trees?
Includes a preview of Lee Child's heartstopping new Jack Reacher novel, Personal, which is now also available to pre-order.
Another Record for Lee Child
Lee Child is No.1 for the 5th week in a row in the US with Never Go Back!
A Month at No.1 For Lee Child in the USA!
Lee Child's Never Go Back has now spent one month at the No.1 Paperback position in the US.
No.1 For Never Go Back
Never Go Back by Lee Child has debuted at No.1 in the UK in the paperback chart with almost 25,000 copies after just 3 days on sale!
This is Lee's 12th week at No.1 in the paperback fiction chart over the past five years. Just two writers have spent longer at the top since March 2009: James Patterson and E.L. James.
Janet Maslin’s 10 Favorite Books of 2013
"Never Go Back by Lee Child (Delacorte Press). Folks, it takes guts to put a Lee Child thriller on this list. Think of the loftier books it’s replacing. But Mr. Child’s Jack Reacher series is as brainy as it is brawny, and this 18th installment may be its best desert-island reading yet. Starting with an opening sequence that throws three huge surprises at Reacher, there are more neat tricks and clever set pieces in this one volume than Mr. Child has ever strung together before. Best of the best: the doppelgänger in the diner. Read it. You’ll see why" - Janet Maslin
Lee Child Is A Top eBook Seller
The Bookseller has revealed that out of the top 50 eBooks that sold over the £2 price, six were penned by Lee Child during the month of September!
The sun never sets on Reacher
Lee Child's knight errant, Jack Reacher, will soon be arriving in Mongolia! Mongolian rights in KILLING FLOOR have just been sold to Monsudar Publishers, based in the capital, Ulan Bator.
The international megaselling series is now sold in 97 territories and translated into 42 languages.
Praise pours in for Never Go Back
'Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don't come close to matching. He has a talent for taking material that in the hands of other authors would be stale and cliched and making it seem fresh and original. This time, he takes a spin on his formula by waving a carrot in front of Reacher's face: a chance to settle down and stay in one place.....Never Go Back is one of Child's best novels.' Jeff Ayers - Associated Press
'Lee Child's bodacious action hero, Jack Reacher, has already tramped through 17 novels and three eBook singles. But his latest, Never Go Back, may be the best desert island reading in the series. It's exceptionally well plotted. And full of wild surprises. And wise about Reacher's peculiar nature. And positively Bunyanesque in its admiring contributions to Reacher lore.' Janet Maslin - The New York Times
Sweet Child Of Ours
Reacher reaches total world domination!
Lee Child's Never Go Back has gone straight to No.1 across the market after only three days on sale.
With sales of over 25,000 hardbacks and 35,000 eBooks, the No.2 hardback slot only reaching 4,700 copies, Lee Child is emphatically No.1.
Even the ubiquitous One Direction: Where We Are and Jamie Oliver's Save With Jamie released the same day could not beat the untouchable Reacher. Congratulations Lee!
Crime Writers Association Chair, Alison Joseph writes how 'Everyone Remembers Lee Child'
Lee Child once said, 'No one remembers a Lone Ranger story – but everyone remembers the Lone Ranger.' These words sum up the success of the author of the Jack Reacher novels. In Reacher, Lee has created a hero like no other, beloved of millions of readers around the world. He's a character who appeals equally to men and women, to people across the nations: a man who rights wrongs, who stands up to bullies – an essentially good man.
It's a difficult creation to make work, but Lee Child has done it. After a twenty-year career in television, he changed course to become a writer, and set out to write successful novels with an unashamedly popular appeal. His stories are large scale, heart-stopping thrillers, roaming across wide-open global spaces in the cause of thwarting evil.
Perhaps it takes a good man to create a good man. It is impossible to find anyone who will say a bad word of Lee Child. He is a delight to work with, people say; loyal, hard-working, straightforward, generous to readers and to new writers. He combines a successful philosophy about what it is to write best sellers with a huge amount of talent. The CWA is delighted to award him the 2013 Diamond Dagger.
Lee Child Wins the CWA Crime Diamond Dagger Award!
Lee Child has won the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger award. Congratulations Lee!
Alison Joseph, CWA Chair, said:
"Lee Child's stories are large-scale, heart-stopping thrillers, roaming across wide-open global spaces in the casue of thwarting evil. In Jack Reacher, Lee has created a hero like no other, beloved of millions of readers around the world. And his creator is just as well-loved. He is a delight to work with; loyal, straightforward, generous to readers and to new writers. He combines a successful philosophy about what it is to write best sellers with a huge amount of talent. We are delighted to award him the 2013 CWA Diamond Dagger."
A Wanted Man is the fastest selling paperback of 2013!
Lee Child’s JACK REACHER proves yet again that he is A Wanted Man, as he swoops into the No.1 position in this week's UK paperback bestseller list.
After just three days of publication nearly 29,000 copies of A Wanted Man have flown off the shelves. That’s over 12,000 more copies than the title in the No.2 spot sold in an entire week!
And with Martina Cole’s The Life still showing strong sales at No.3 after reaching No.1 last week, that’s TWO Darley Anderson authors taking top slots in the UK bestseller charts.
It has been a fantastic week for the Darley Anderson Agency. Congratulations Lee and Martina!
Lee Child Takes Over New York Times Bestseller List!
Lee Child has a staggering 6 titles on the New York Times bestseller and extended bestseller list!
The positions are as follows:
Killing Floor: 5
One Shot: 6
Die Trying: 23
Running Blind: 34
Agency authors nominated for national books awards
Huge congratulations to Lee Child and David Hewson whose novels have been shortlisted for prizes at the National Book Awards 2012.
A Wanted Man is on the shortlist for the Crime and Thriller of the Year, and The Killing novel has been shortlisted for the audiobook of the year.
Lee Child Is 'a Wanted Man' In The Netherlands
Lee Childs success with the 17th Jack Reacher title,
A WANTED MAN,
continues in the Netherlands.
Here it is at the No.1 spot in the esteemed Dutch bookshop AKO!
More Number 1 Spots For A Wanted Man!
Number 1 in England, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland!
Number 1 in fiction eBooks!
A Wanted Man remains emphatically number 1 on the hardback fiction bestsellers list this week for a second time, selling twice as many copies as its nearest rival and also reaching the top of the whole hardback list (inc. non-fiction) by several thousand copies.
Lee Child has catapulted into the top of the list internationally as well. A Wanted Man is now No. 1 in New Zealand, No. 1 in Ireland and No. 1 in Australia.
Lee is also No. 2 on the total bestselling eBooks list and No. 1 on the fiction eBook list!!
Connie Ogle at The Miami Herald says of A Wanted Man: "Most appealing of all is Reacher, of course, the tough guy who has become a national favorite, never one to wave the flag but determined to do the right thing and always on hand to give justice a push so that it can prevail....With Child, you can always count on furious action and a damned good time"
Quadruple Bestseller Chart Success!
A thrilling result as Darley Andersons authors Lee Child, John Connolly and Chris Mooney dominate the bestseller charts..
Lee Childs A Wanted Man has gone straight to the top of the UK Hardback Bestseller list, whilst The Affair is the No. 1 thriller title of the UK Paperback Chart and No. 5 overall. Lee Child is embracing world domination as he prepares for the blockbuster film release of Reacher starring Tom Cruise in December.
Having secured his 96th territory and 41st language, Reacher mania reaches all four corners of the world with Kazakhstan as the latest fan.
The eleventh Charlie Parker novel, Wrath of Angels, has stormed in at No. 5 on the UK Hardback Bestseller chart and No. 3 in Irish Hardback Bestseller list.
The Independent on Sunday, hails Charlie Parker as The finest crime series currently in existence. Also published this week is Books to Die For, edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke, where the world's greatest mystery writers comment on the world's greatest crime novels. It is a must for all crime addicts.
The Killing House by Chris Mooney is a continuing top 50 success on the UK Paperback Bestseller chart at No. 37.
This is the amazing first novel in a thrilling new series featuring fallen angel and former profiler Malcolm Fletcher. As our very own Lee Child says, Scary voice, scary talent. Mooney is one of the best thriller writers working today."
Lee Child Is 'shining Star' Of Crime Festival
To coincide with the release of the Norwegian edition of Gone Tomorrow Lee Child attended the first ever Norwegian Crime and Literature festival - KRIM.
Thousands showed up for the three day event of murders, mysteries, crimes and thrillers. Lee Child took pride of place at the Festival Opening, thrilled fans by giving Reacher readings, he also signed copies and gave interviews for several national newspapers.
As Lee's Norwegian publishers (Tomas and Ann-Louis of Cappelen Damm) said:
'What a down to earth world famous author!'
An English Affair
Lee Child has swept the board in the English speaking Bestselling List with The Affair.
He is No.1 on the New York Times Hardback Fiction List; No.1 on the separate e-book list; and No.1 on the combined print and e-book list.
In the UK, he is emphatically No.1 on the Sunday Times Hardback Fiction List. He is the overall No.1 UK Bestseller in all the lists this week.
He is also No.1 in Australia. And No.1 in New Zealand.
A clean sweep.
And a unique achievement for a British adult fiction author.
A Fantastic Week
Darley Anderson had a fanstastic week with two of his authors in the top 6 of the Mass Market Paperback Bestseller List.
Lee Child shot straight to No.1 after only three days of Worth Dying For being on sale. Whilst Lesley Pearse spent her sixth week at the top of the charts, at No.6, with her latest novel Belle.
Lesley Pearse has created in Belle a heroine for our times: a strong woman who stands up for right in a world turned bad:
On hearing the news, the Bookseller ran the story: Child's play for Lee as he tops charts and commented "Lee Child's 15th Jack Reacher thriller, Worth Dying For (Bantam), was the bestselling book in the UK last week, scoring impressive sales of 32,275 copies in just three days upon its release on Thursday." (Philip Stone)
All in all a very successful week in the Mass Market Charts.
Lee Child has been nominated for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award.
There are a total of five books that have been shortlisted alongside 61 Hours. The winner will be announced on Thursday 21st July, at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival.
The Award was created to celebrate the very best in crime writing and is open to British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback between 1st January 2010 and 31st May 2011.
The Kindle Million Club
*** Breaking News***
Lee Child has joined the Kindle Million Club!
Amazon.com announced the Lee is the fifth author to join the Kindle Million Club, only made up of authors who have sold over one million e-books in the Kindle store.
The elite club is made up of the incredible Lee Child, Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Charlaine Harris
***bestseller*** Jack's Been Worth The Wait...
The Paperback of Worth Dying For has leapt to No.1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.
Lee Child's 15th Jack Reacher thriller, published in the US on the 26th April 2011, reached the top of the Mass Market Fiction List in the New York Times after its first full week of sales.
"It's hard to imagine a single [human] who won't thrill to this latest Robin Hood fantasy of righteous vengeance."
"A situation tailor-made for [Reacher's] blend of morality and against-the-odds heroics..."Publishers Weekly
Worth Dying For will be out in paperback in the UK in August.
Us Hit Parade
Both Tana French and Lee Child feature in the influential book critic Janet Maslin's Top 10 Books of 2010.
The list was published on the 23rd of November 2010, and featured in The New York Times.
61 HOURS by Lee Child. The craftiest and most highly evolved thriller in Mr. Childs smashing Jack Reacher series, even if 2010 also brought the too-smashing, more head-busting follow-up, Worth Dying For. In the interests of pure gamesmanship, not to mention knuckle-whitening suspense, Mr. Child threw aside his own conventions and did everything differently this time. Thigh-high snowdrifts, precise logistics and a mania for detail made this the robust, he-man version of a closed-town Agatha Christie story.
FAITHFUL PLACE by Tana French. Ms. Frenchs third novel is an Irish mystery story and a richly enveloping family story too. She draws a piercingly astute portrait of the Mackeys, a Dublin clan riven by old secrets, grievances and sibling squabbles. The unsolved disappearance of a neighbourhood girl, Rosie Daly, once broke the heart of Frank Mackey, her abandoned sweetheart. But it sets off sparks now that Frank is a middle-aged undercover detective and theres a suddenly a chance that Rosie may be found.
***bestseller*** Neck And Neck
Lee Child was neck and neck with James Patterson for the No.2 position on The New York Times Bestsellers list, just behind the ubiquitous Stieg Larsson.
61 Hours was published in paperback on the 28th September in the US and has spent its third week in The New York Times Bestseller list.
***bestseller*** Worth The Wait
Lee Child took the No. 1 spot on the Hardback Bestseller list with his 15th Jack Reacher thriller, Worth Dying For.
Selling 30,690 copies in its opening week in UK bookshops, this was Lee Child's biggest ever hardback weekly sale.
On the day of release another 536 hardback books were officially published including the wave of celebrity books intended for christmas presents. However Worth Dying For sales remained unphased beating the likes of Jamie Oliver's latest cookbook to the top!
With Lee Child taking top spot in Original Fiction, it has meant Transworld has set a new record, scoring three consecutive Original Fiction No. 1's. Lee Child following on from Jilly Cooper and Sophie Kinsella.
***bestseller*** Child's Play
Lee Child rules the Roost for the second straight week in mass market fiction The Bookseller
61 Hours by Lee Child is head and shoulders above the rest having sold well over 100,000 copies of the paperback in its second full week of publication.
Whilst 61 Hours storms the PB charts, the count down has begun for Worth Dying For, the next Reacher installment from Lee Child. Due out on the 30th September 2010.
***bestseller*** Smashing Success
61 Hours has leapt in at No.1 on the Paperback Bestseller list with incredible sales of over 39,000 copies.
On Thursday 2nd September over 1,200 books were published, arguably making it one of the biggest dates in publishing. However 61 Hours jumped into the top spot. Pipping Cecilia Ahern and Michael Connolly, among others, to the post of prime position.
When Lee Childs most recent Jack Reacher novel was released in Hardback in March it sold over 26,000 copies in its first week beating Ian McEwan to the No.1 spot. 61Hours has since dominated the charts in Australia, New Zealand and America, featuring in No.1 on all their bestsellers lists.
It appears that when it comes to Lee Child and Jack they are reaching a whole new level of fans.
'Lee Child's 14th Jack Reacher thriller, 61 Hours, sold 39,180 copies in 72 hours... and tops the mass market bestseller list ahead of Transworld stable mate Dan Brown.' The Bookseller
***award Nomination*** Steeling The Show
61 Hours by Lee Child is one of seven books shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger was announced at the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
The winning author is awarded 2000 and also receives a unique 'steel dagger', which is handcrafted and inspired by the weapon used by Special Forces during World War II.
Click here to read more....
***bestseller*** Jack Reacher Conquers The World
Published in the US on the 18th May, 61 Hours, by Lee Child has wasted no time in hitting the top spot in The New York Times Bestsellers list (Hardback Fiction) this week.
He has dominated the charts across the World over the last few months, having been No.1 on the Hardback Bestsellers lists in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Now Lee Child can add another territory to the list that 61 Hours has successfully conquered as he creates a storm stateside.
61 Hours is continuing to pick up fantastic reviews....
Former military cop Jack Reacher wanders into a town, finds himself in the middle of some ticking time bomb of a situation, chooses a side and kicks major a** Miami Herald
Rave Reviews For Reacher
The day of US publication for Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher novel, 61 Hours, has finally arrived.
Following on from the success of Gone Tomorrow, 61 Hours has been receiving fantastic reviews over in the US.
Publishers Weekly says Child is a superb craftsman of suspense, juggling several plots and keeping his herrings well-rouged. He doesn't need the 24-like conceit suggested by the title as he counts down to the final confrontation-but it's not a major distraction. Best of all, this is a rare series book that reads like a stand-alone.
Has Lee Child killed off his action hero? This is the 14th book in the Reacher series, so it's plausible the author could finally have tired of him. But readers obviously haven't. The series is a publishing phenomenon. If Child killed off Reacher, his publisher would be the next to go from a heart attack. We'll know for sure later in the year, when another Lee Child novel is scheduled to be released. The popularity of the Reacher series is due largely to its quirky and appealing hero and to the author's talent for sustaining tension on every page. The Associated Press
61 Hours is published in the US on the 18th May.
***bestseller*** Thrilling Sales
61 hours stayed emphatically in No.1 position in the UK Hardback Bestsellers list and for the second week running 61 Hours sales eclipsed those of Ian McEwan's literary offering, Solar,in 2nd position.
Says Child in a recent London Evening Standard interview with David Sexton "People think they should really be reading the Ian McEwan but they are reading the Lee Child because they like it better and they feel guilty about that!"
Guilty or not, Lee's second weeks sales, totaled more than the combined figures of Solar and the books in the 3rd and 4th positions.
Here Today: Gone Tomorrow
Lee Child’s masterful thriller Gone Tomorrow went straight in at No. 1 in The Sunday Times Paperback Bestseller lists and remained there for two weeks running. Moving into the No. 2 this week
Nearly 30,000 copies of Gone Tomorrow were sold in the UK in THE FIRST THREE DAYS after publication. At the end of the second week on the shelves sales have reached nearly 60,000 copies.
In addition Gone Tomorrow has beaten every other Bestseller Category both this week and last selling more copies than the three other No. 1s combined.
Thirteenth in the Jack Reacher series the hardback of Gone Tomorrow went to No. 1 on both The Sunday Times and The New York Times fiction bestseller lists last year.
'No-one kicks butt quite as entertainingly as Lee Child does'- Kirkus Review
Q&a With Patrick Woodrow
Tell us about your latest book, FIRST CONTACT.
FIRST CONTACT is an adventure thriller about a young couple who get lost in a deadly rainforest on the other side of the world. When the book opens they have been missing for twenty-eight hours, and we find them without food, water or hope. Then they stumble across a couple of skeletons in a crashed helicopter and the fun begins.
For readers who loved DOUBLE CROSS, what can they expect in your new book?
There are a number of features that are common to both books, which are part of the brand identity that Im trying to create with my novels. Foremost among these are the exotic locations. DOUBLE CROSS begins in the Caribbean and moves to Malaysia via Amsterdam, London and Singapore. FIRST CONTACT oscillates between Papua New Guinea, London and Cambridge. With both books theres plenty of opportunity for armchair travel. Secondly, my heroes are ordinary people rather than cops or detectives, and its their ability to overcome extraordinary circumstances that sets them apart. I hope this makes it easier for the reader to build a relationship with them. Thirdly, I would suggest that theres a feel-good element to my novels. Theres plenty of violence and some extremely vicious villains but you also get loads of fresh air, sunshine and escapism. Ultimately, the resolution of the mystery should bring a satisfied smile to the readers lips. Finally, there are a number of other similarities, which youll hopefully find in any book I write: feisty heroines, dangerous wildlife, graphic fight scenes and a hook at the end of every chapter.
Why did you decide to go down the adventure thriller route?
Two reasons: one personal, the other commercial. As a kid, I always loved adventure stories. I was captivated by Treasure Island and The Jungle Book. I even started writing my own adventures at the age of six. You can read one of these on my website (www.patrickwoodrow.com). From there it was a natural progression to Willard Price and Wilbur Smith, whose early novels still set the standard for any adventure writer. Like many authors, I simply write the same sort of stuff that I like to read. The second reason has more to do with what I perceived to be a gap in the market. I wanted to do something a bit different – draw back the curtains, throw the windows open and let some air in. Wilbur Smith and Clive Cussler own this space at the moment but there’s definitely room for one or two more.
What made you decide to write standalones?
I did toy with the idea of making Ed Strachan [from DOUBLE CROSS] a series character but I thought that his job as an underwater photographer was a bit too niche. I would’ve had to ingratiate him with some sort of law enforcement agency, otherwise him stumbling on adventure after adventure was going to look a bit contrived by the third or fourth book. And, as anyone who has read DOUBLE CROSS will know, Ed is now retired. He’s quite happy, thank you, lying in his hammock, sipping cold beer, listening to reggae and watching the girls walk by in their bikinis. A lot of people assume that sticking with the same character is somehow easier than starting afresh each time but I’m not sure that’s true. There’s a lot of skill involved in making the same character as real and as interesting in your eighth book as he was in your first. Lee Child is the master of this.
Your books are full of non-stop adventures and danger - where do you get your ideas and inspiration from?
Much of the action is driven by the setting. The sea and the jungle both offer endless scope for interaction with the environment and its wildlife. So too, the mountains, desert or ice-caps. Fact is always stranger than fiction so newspaper articles can also be a great source of ideas. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the places I write about, so often it’s just a case of imagining what could go wrong while I’m there.
How do you decide on a title?
With great difficulty and usually by process of elimination. FIRST CONTACT was originally called COLD SWEAT but my publisher felt that “sweat” wasn’t a very attractive word and might put people off. So then it became CRASH POINT, which wasn’t bad but perhaps a little anodyne. Next, it spent a month or so as ABSOLUTE RISK, which is a medical term. The hero’s a doctor so this worked quite well. Right up to the point when a friend of mine said it sounded like I was trying to sell insurance. I eventually settled on FIRST CONTACT, which is an anthropological term used to describe the discovery of a new people. One of the main characters in the novel is an anthropologist so this made it very apt. And “contact” is a dynamic, energising word, which demands attention.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to new authors?
If I had to pick one, it would be get a good agent. Seriously. How else are you going to get your manuscript in front of the world’s leading publishers in such a short space of time? And how on earth are you going to negotiate translation rights in Bulgaria, Taiwan and Latvia? Someone once told me that agents are a necessary evil – but that’s nonsense. Writing commercial fiction requires teamwork just like any other business. You’d be a fool to think that you could do it all on your own. To get a good agent you need talent, a thick skin, and clear understanding of who you’re trying to appeal to. When I meet unpublished writers they very often struggle to give a concise summary of their work. If you can’t pitch your book in a maximum of two sentences then you’re probably doomed.
What books do you read when you are not writing?
Not as many as Id like, is the short answer. My wife and I have recently had a baby and I cant see myself settling down with a good book any time soon! Having said that, there are a number of authors that I find it hard to overlook: Wilbur Smith, Lee Child, Boris Starling, Carl Hiaasen and Gerald Seymour all form part of my staple literary diet.
Your books feature incredible countries and cultures, where would you most like to go?
The Middle East and Africa are the two parts of the world that I’m least familiar with but I’m hoping to address that with my fourth book. In the meantime, I’d love to explore the Arctic Circle and see the northern lights. Greenland is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit but I’m going to have go soon otherwise everything will have melted.
What one book would you take on a desert island?
It would have to be Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Another childhood favourite, they’re a unique blend of imagination, wisdom and humour. And like all good children’s literature they’re often quite dark. Some of them read like adventure stories, others like parables, and some of them are still profoundly enigmatic. As well as entertaining me, they might have some practical value too. Each story demonstrates Kipling’s incredible lateral thinking, which might inspire me to find an ingenious way off the island. Then again, if the diving was any good, I’d probably stay.
And finally, what can we expect next from Patrick Woodrow?
I’m currently working on a third novel, provisionally called HIGH RISK or COLD BLOOD. I can’t decide which is better. Or worse. Having written an underwater thriller and a jungle thriller, we’re off to the mountains next. The story features an experienced alpinist with a short fuse and a thirst for revenge. We start in the Pakistani Himalayas and then move to a secret (and extremely remote) location in the southern hemisphere, via London and Buenos Aires. It’s already shaping up to be my most action-packed book to date. Hopefully it will make The Eiger Sanction look like Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
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School Of Reacher
Child has set up a series of scholarships for students at
Sheffield University, in the name of his iconic hero Jack Reacher.
A graduate of the university and visiting professor Lee
will fund 52
Jack Reacher scholarships worth £2000 each.
Lee says: “It’s upsetting to see bright and dedicated students contemplate giving up their studies due to financial pressures. Like my literary character Jack Reacher, if I see things are wrong then I want them put right.”
To seal the deal Lee met the students at the Fat Cat pub in Kelham Island to enjoy the specially brewed Jack Reacher ale - slightly dark, mid-strength.
Night School Breaks A Reacher Record
Lee Child's 21st novel in the Jack Reacher series Night School is No 1 for the 5th consecutive week.
This is the longest period that Lee has stayed at the No 1 spot.
His previous record was for 4 consecutive weeks at No 1 with Never Go Back, which was released as a film starring Tom Cruise this year.
Happy 21st Birthday, Reacher!
Fans will of course know that Reacher, Lee Child’s knight-errant hero, is well past his 21st birthday. However, the publication of the 21st Reacher novel, Night School, was a landmark occasion that merited a champagne reception in London’s Haymarket Hotel to celebrate.
Joining Lee and the agency were some of Lee’s long-serving and dedicated overseas publishers. We were delighted to welcome Ann-Louis Nerem and Tomas Algard from Cappelen-Damm in Norway, Aleksandra Saluga from Albatros in Poland, Tom Harmsen from Luitingh-Sijthoff in the Netherlands and Robert Pépin from Calmann-Levy in France.
Jack Reacher now tops the charts in translation as well as the English speaking world and language rights have sold into 46 territories. We were also thrilled that Steve Fisher, our fantastic film and TV agent, could join us from LA.
Congratulations to Transworld, Random House US, and all of Lee’s foreign language publishers. And most of all, congratulations to Darley and Lee!
Left to right: Tomas Algard, Aleksandra Saluga, Lee Child, Tom Harmsen, Robert Pépin and Ann-Louis Nerem
Triple No 1's for Lee Child in the US
Lee Child’s 21st novel Night School has simultaneously topped the US Hardcover print bestseller list, the digital bestseller list and the combined digital and print bestseller list.
A unique achievement for a British Adult Fiction Writer in the US.
Killing Floor Tops 100 Best Paperbacks
Killing Floor, the first Jack Reacher novel, published in 1997 has been revealed as one of the 100 best paperbacks of all time by WH Smith.
WH Smith asked their customers to vote for their favourite paperback of all time via social media.
For the full list, click here.
Make Me Making Headlines
Lee Child's 20th Jack Reacher novel Make Me goes straight to No 1 in the UK Bookscan charts.
In the US Make Me is No 1 on the prestigious Barnes and Noble Bookseller List. As well as No 1 on the iBooks Bestsller List.
And this is just the beginning...
Another First For Lee Child and Transworld
Both Lee Child and Transworld are used to having No. 1 bestsellers but this is another first for both!
Lee Child becomes the first author to have a Sun-tastic Jack Reacher Week in The Sun newspaper. It featured interviews, extracts from Killing Floor that went into the Saturday Magazine and a whole Reacher online hub.
If you've missed any of The Sun's Jack Reacher Week (how could you?!) then you can find more online at http://thesun.co.uk/jackreacher . There you can see videos of Lee Child, a quiz (how Jack Reacher are you?) as well as the sampler download of the first couple of chapters of Killing Floor.
To round off the celebrations of Jack Reacher Week a very special competition was included. The lucky person will win a trip to New York and a meeting with Lee Child himself.
And to go to The Sun's exciting Lee Child event on September the 16th in London visit http://perks.thesun.co.uk/leechild
One Month and Still No. 1 in the US
Personal remains at the top for the 4th week running on the New York Times bestseller list!
Chart Topper Lee Child Breaks More Records
Personal is already Lee Child's 2nd biggest-selling eBook, with nearly a quarter of a million sales since August 2014.
The paperback of Personal has hit the Official UK Top 50 and Mass Market Fiction No.1 spot for the 2nd week running with sales of 40,000.
Compared to last year's Never Go Back, Lee's paperback sales in the first fortnight are up by 36%!
Personal Dominates Chart
Personal has stormed into Bookscan's bestseller chart at No.1 in the UK with a distance of over 20,000 copies between his No.1 slot and the No.2.
This is Lee's 11th top spot on the official UK top 50 since records began!
Personal is The Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller of 2014!
Personal is emphatically No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic
Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher installment, Personal, has entered the New York Times hardback bestseller list at No.1, a staggering 33,000 copies ahead of the No.2 bestselling title.
No.1 Kindle, No.1 Amazon, No.1 Apple, No.1 Nook
The wait is over. Reacher has returned. The hotly anticipated latest Jack Reacher thriller by the one and only Lee Child, Personal, has hit bookstores in the UK!
Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he's a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French President.
Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.
This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in Lee Child's number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris and then to London. The stakes have never been higher - because this time, it's personal.
"It's the best one yet" Stephen King
"Reacher gets better and better" The New York Times
Child and Connolly Storm Hay
On the weekend of the 31st May, the agency visited Hay-on-Wye for the last few days of the annual literary festival, where two of our authors, Lee Child and John Connolly, both talked to tents packed with fans.
John Connolly spoke to a captivated audience of his younger readers about how sci-fi and fantasy are much more widely read than children and teenagers think, for example, The Hunger Games and Divergent. With the use of clips from old news footage, as well as scary films he had watched as a child, John illustrated how sci-fi and fantasy are often not based on the future, as we usually assume, but discuss and dissect matters that are happening in the World today.
A two minute excerpt from Pan’s Labyrinth helped John expose the dark and frightening side of fairy tales, which led him to reveal how he came to write the The Book of Lost Things. John’s fans also quizzed him on the inspiration behind the Gates of Hell in the Samuel Johnson series (the Large Hadron Collider) and where his idea for the devil came from (the 1980's classic, Legend).
It was Lee Child’s first time at the festival and he was in conversation with Sarah Crompton (Arts Editor in Chief, Daily Telegraph) about the Jack Reacher series. Lee told the audience about how he came to writing, how he developed the series and whether he knew it was be a bestseller from the start. Lee admitted that he doesn’t extensively plan his novels; rather he crafts the perfect first sentence and goes from there. He also explained that his books are full of interesting bits of information, or facts, because he himself is deeply interested in trivia. There was a very lively discussion of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the films, with plenty of audience participation.
Both authors also separately discussed their crime fiction in broadcasts for the BBC. If you would like to listen to John in discussion with Anthony Horrowitz and Yrsa Sigurdottir about crime fiction, click here. To listen to Lee discuss the Reacher series on Radio 4’s Front Row, please click here.
The DA Agency Celebrates its 25th Anniversary In Style With Global No.1s!
Darley Anderson has two authors at No.1 this week in both the UK and the USA. A fantastic achievement for the Agency's 25th year!
In the UK, Martina Cole's gripping No.1 hardback bestseller Revenge has hit the No.1 paperback spot this week (after just a few days on sale) knocking Darley Anderson author Lee Child off the top spot.
In the USA, Lee Child has now achieved a month at No.1 with the release of Never Go Back in hardback!
In the UK alone:
So far in 2014, the Darley Anderson Agency authors have dominated the bestseller charts with an author at the No.1 position in paperback or hardback for over a month. That's 5 weeks at No.1 out of only 16!
Not only that, but we have spent 12 weeks out of 16 with an author in the top 10 in paperback or hardback.
Never Go Back Remains At No.1 in the US 3 Weeks Running!
Lee Child's record-breaking Never Go Back has remained at the No.1 spot in the Mass Market Paperback Fiction New York Times Bestsellers chart for the 3rd week in a row!
Never Go Back by Lee Child is out NOW!
The hotly anticipated paperback of Lee Child's Never Go Back is out in the shops in the UK from today (27th March).
***No. 1 New York Times bestseller***
Never go back—but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him. . . . Never Go Back is Lee Child’s new novel of action-charged suspense starring “one of the best thriller characters at work today” (Newsweek).
Praise for Never Go Back
“A breathless cross-country spree . . . some of the best, wiliest writing [Lee] Child has ever done . . . Child’s bodacious action hero, Jack Reacher, has already tramped through 17 novels and three e-book singles. But his latest, Never Go Back, may be the best desert island reading in the series. It’s exceptionally well plotted. And full of wild surprises. And wise about Reacher’s peculiar nature. And positively Bunyanesque in its admiring contributions to Reacher lore.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time. . . . Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don’t come close to matching. He has a talent for taking material that in the hands of other authors would be stale and making it seem fresh. . . . Tight and compelling . . . Never Go Back is one of Child’s best novels.”—Associated Press
“An adrenaline-charged, action-packed thriller . . . impossible to put down.”—Lansing State Journal
“The dialogue has never been sharper. . . . The pages turn themselves.”—San Antonio Express-News
“For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Brilliant . . . Child never, ever slips. He keeps the action cranking better than anyone, but, best of all, he keeps us guessing about Reacher.”—Booklist (starred review)
“One of the best in the series.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Lee Child's The Visitor Makes Bookseller's Backlist Best Pick
The Visitor, Lee Child's 4th Reacher, led the way for Lee this year in terms of backlist sales.
The Bookseller has named it their No. 1 best backlist pick.
It saw sales rise by a staggering 58% in print this year with over 77,000 print copies sold.
Fourth week at No.1 for Reacher!
Once again, Lee Child's hero Jack Reacher proves his superstar status by maintaining his top spot in the UK Sunday Times Bestseller chart.
Never Go Back will seemingly never be beaten, as it keeps hold of that No.1 position for a massive fourth week in a row!
Reacher Reaches Total World Domination!
No. 1 in the New York Times Bestseller List
No. 1 in USA Today
No. 1 in UK Hardback
No. 1 on Kindle, Apple and Nook
No. 1 in Australia and New Zealand
No. 1 in the National Indie List
No. 1 in 7 US Regional Lists
High Heat Hits High Heights
Lee Child has once again hit the top of the bestseller list with not just one Reacher story but three!
His eBook short story, High Heat, has gone straight to No.1 on the Kindle Single's bestseller list. And Deep Down has come in at No.3 and Second Son at No.6. Congratulations on a fantastic, record-breaking week Lee!
Today Is The Day - Never Go Back Is Out Now!
Reacher creatures around the world... Lee Child's Never Go Back is out NOW!
Jack Reacher Wishes He'd Been There To Help
Lee Child has sent a special signed copy of his latest Reacher installment Never Go Back (due out in hardback in the UK on the 29th of August and the US on the 3rd of September) to Reacher Creature Pearl Sanger.
After reading in the Northern Advocate paper in New Zealand that 92 year old Pearl Sanger's home had been broken into and torched, also damadging her precious collection of Lee Child books, a kind-hearted man who wishes to remain anonymous got in touch with Lee.
His relationship with Lee Child goes back 14 years when he first reviewed Killing Floor and after hearing of Pearl's predicament and the damadge done to her collection of Reacher books he immeditately sent her a copy with a very special note to her written inside:
"Pearl, Jack Reacher wishes he'd been there to help. Much love, Lee Child."
Lee Child is UK AND US No.1!
Lee Child is No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic this week - A Wanted Man is the bestselling UK paperback this week and the bestselling paperback in the USA too! Congratulations Lee!
Lee Child Wins Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger
The CWA (Crime Writers Association) has announced that the winner of the 2013 Diamond Dagger will be awarded to Lee Child.
Huge congratulations, Lee!
Chair of the CWA Peter James said: 'I am delighted that the CWA has chosen Lee Child as this year's recipient. Lee is one of the few British crime thriller authors to have become a global brand name; he is also an extremely charming and open person and a tireless promoter of our genre.'
The diamond-studded Dagger will be awarded to Lee Child at a gala dinner in the summer.
Reaching the Big Screen
WHAT A NIGHT. Jack Reacher finally hit the big screen.
December the 10th was a landmark moment for the DA Agency who all attended the star-studded film premiere of the Tom Cruise film Jack Reacher based on the book ONE SHOT by Lee Child.
Reacher-mania is about to go stratospheric....
Above: The DA Agency. Andrea, Lillian, Darley, Vicki, Steve, Mary, Clare, Jill and Camilla and BELOW: Don Granger, Robert Duvall, Christopher McQuarrie, Rosamund Pike, Tom Cruise, David Oyelowo and Lee Child at the ODEON in Leicester Square, London.
'Tom Cruise is in fine form as mysterious tough guy Jack Reacher' The Hollywood Reporter
'He makes the title role fit him like a latex glove in a winning turn that could spawn a popular new franchise for the star' The Hollywood Reporter
Fans fearing for how Tom Cruise can pull off mega-hero Jack Reacher need not worry as Tom Cruise delivers in every way. As Lee Child says, 'he really nails it'.
'The spirit of Reacher lies not in his height but in his character...thankfully for all of us, Tom Cruise's take on Lee Child's Jack Reacher via Chris McQuarrie seems to settle the argument once and for all.'
'A resolutely hard-edged thriller, a down and dirty Bond that supercedes the expectations of a 12A rating.'
'The cast delivers the twists with confidence and are uniformly top drawer'
'Where action-cinema has been bogged down recently in fast cuts and incoherant fight sequences, here is a movie that has Dirty Harry in its sights and '70s cinema pumping through its veins...McQuarrie marshals his pack with a cocky panache that would be admirable from a seasoned pro, let alone a screenwriter going sophomore' Empire Online
'It can be exhilarating to watch when an actor finds a director they click with. The moment Tom Cruise strides into Jack Reacher, smoldering like an active volcano, that 'click'can be heard loud and clear.' totalfilm.com
Agency Authors Nominated For National Book Awards
Huge congratulations to Lee Child and David Hewson whose novels have been shortlisted for prizes at the National Book Awards 2012.
A Wanted Man is on the shortlist for the Crime and Thriller of the Year, and The Killing novel has been shortlisted for the audiobook of the year.
Da Authors Storm The Charts Both Sides Of The Atlantic
Darley Anderson authors take the top 2 spots in the hardback fiction bestseller list in the UK and another number 1 in hardback fiction USA!!!!
Crime queen Martina Cole has gone straight to the top number 1 slot of the hardback fiction bestseller list, with over 20,000 copies of her book The Life sold in her first part week!
For over 20 years Britain's top female crime writer has enjoyed bestselling book after bestselling book with the Darley Anderson Agency.
Last year Martina Cole became the first British female adult-audience novelist to surpass the 50 million sales mark since Neilson Bookscan records began. The phenomenon that is Martina Cole continues...
The Darley Anderson Agency is thrilled to be taking over the top two spots on the UK hardback fiction bestseller list.
Lee Child's 17th Reacher book A Wanted Man is now number 2 on the list after spending 3 weeks at the top spot.
The cult of Jack Reacher is poised for world domination with the release of the blockbuster film starring Tom Cruise, out this December.
60 million copies in print, in 96 countries, in 60 languages and still growing....
Number 1 in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK last week.
A Wanted Man has now gone straight to number 1 on the hardback fiction bestseller list in the US as well!!!
All in all a fantastic day for Darley Anderson's authors who are now topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic!
Tom Cruise Tweets For A Wanted Man
Top actor and top Reacher fan Tom Cruise goes to Twitter to show his excitement at the release of A Wanted Man.
Tom Cruise is all set to play Jack Reacher himself in the blockbuster version of Lee Child's book One Shot, in the film, Jack Reacher, out this December.
Tom Cruise Reached out to his 3.3 million+ Twitter followers and 2.1 million+ Facebook fans about the September 11th release date of the US edition of A Wanted Man.
Says Tom Cruise on the film: "There are some ass beatings in this. They'll see that it delivers what I love about the Reacher series: the visceral action, those ass beatings and the humor of Lee Child's novels. And the women are fantastic" PLAYBOY (June 2012) PLAYBOY INTERVIEW: TOM CRUISE by Michael Fleming
Darley's Authors Hit The Heights In The U.s.
It is a proud moment for the Darley Anderson Agency as our authors smash into the US charts.
Tana French's Broken Harbour has debuted at No. 6 on the New York Times bestseller list!!!
She is also No. 2 on the National bestseller list for all independent bookstores in the US.
Meanwhile, Lee Childs eBook only edition of Deep Down (his 10,000 word Jack Reacher story) is No. 8 on the eBook bestseller list.
But, its also No. 9 on the combined eBook and print bestseller list without there being a print edition and therefore outselling titles available in multiple formats!
Reacher is called to Washington, D.C. to investigate who is leaking key arms data.
The suspects are four women on a fast track up the military chain of command. Real Type-A personalies: smart, busy, focusednot the type to waste time on a hulk, no matter how hunky.
How's Reacher going to charm secrets out of anyone and catch the culprit when there's no time to waste?
Top Kindle Author
Jack is reaching dazzling new heights of popularity as Lee Child is pronounced
No 1 British Kindle book author worldwide.
After the record-breaking sales of The Affair catapulting Lee into the Kindle Million club, he has now beaten the likes of Agatha Christie, Terry Pratchett, Jane Austen, David Nicholls and Sophie Kinsella on Amazon's chart of British born bestsellers to remain, once again, emphatically No 1!
Reacher Breaking New Record
First day sales in in the US of The Affair, Lee Childs new Jack Reacher hardback and e-book, were a massive 83% higher than previous first day sales of the Worth Dying For hardback/ e-book.
The Affair also went to No.1 on Kindle and No.1 at Apple.
A Peculier Winner
It's official. 61 Hours by Lee Child is the Crime novel of the Year.
Lee Child has been awarded the Theakston Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for his 14th Reacher novel.
Lee was one of six authors to be shortlisted for the prize. The line up also included Mark Billingham and Stuart Macbride.
Here is Lee's reaction when he won: "Oh bloody hell. You know when they say 'I didn't expect to win and so I haven't prepared a speech'? Well, I really didn't expect to win so I haven't prepared a speech! I really didn't expect this! Most of all I'll remember this by following P D James up onto the stagethat really does make it special. Thank you!"
A Rising Star
Madeleine Buston has been named a Rising Star by the Bookseller.
In a recent article where the Bookseller listed who were the ones to watch in 'The Next Generation of the British Book Trade', they listed Madeleine as one of the top Rising Stars of Agenting.
"A graduate of St Andrews University, Buston worked for Trojan Books in Berlin and A P Watt before joining Darley Anderson in February 2007. Handling all types of fiction and childrens authors, and overseeing all foreign rights, Buston is the primary agent for 24 authors and represents Lee Child for his foreign rights. She has seen success recently with Carolyn Jess-Cookes debut The Guardian Angels Journal, which has been sold in 20 different languages, and is looking forward to Macmillans publication of author J J Salems The Strip and HarperCollins launch of Carrie Duffys Idol." The Bookseller
The Terrific Two!
Lee Child and Martina Cole have done it again, and are dominating the Mass Market Paperback top spots on both sides of the Atlantic.
In October 2010 we saw The Family by Martina Cole go straight to the top of the Hardback Bestseller list, where it smashed the fiction hardback sales records for 2010 and stayed at No.1 for 8 weeks. At the same time, across the Atlantic, Worth Dying For by Lee Child went straight to No.1 on the New York Times Hardback Bestseller List, where excited fans, who had been dying to find out what would happen to Jack, were getting their Reacher hit.
This incredible achievement for the Darley Anderson Agency, having two authors clinching the top spots on both sides of the World, was repeated again in May 2011. Both The Family and Worth Dying For had their paperback publications and have simultaneously both gone to No.1 on the Mass Market Paperback Bestsellers Lists. The Family by Martina Cole in the UK and Worth Dying For by Lee Child in the US.
Darley Anderson, who has the reputation as the best talent spotter in the book business, has Agented both authors since the very beginning.
One On One
In an Amazon exclusive, authors Lee Child and Kate Atkinson have been bought together and asked to interview each other...
Lee Child: This is the fourth Jackson Brodie book. It's starting to look suspiciously like a series! What brought you back this time?
Kate Atkinson: I never intended to write more than the first one -- which was Case Histories -- but I wrote it so quickly -- which was highly unusual for me -- that I somehow felt as if I hadn't finished with the form and the characters. And then it became the 'power of three' and I thought "one more" and then I found I had unfinished business for Jackson and it became four. I honestly don't know how that happened. There is something seductive about the shape of a detective novel, or at any rate of using a detective in a novel, because it gives you a ready-- made dynamic and a reason for introducing characters to whom interesting things happen as opposed to, say, starting with a whole load of people in a bank or an office and thinking so what are their stories, and what's going to happen to them? (Although, even as I'm writing that, I'm thinking oh, actually that sounds quite intriguing).
Child: Your career so far shows you're not afraid to write whatever you choose. It's as if you've been in and out of several different rooms in the house. Is that fun?
Atkinson: Yes! I get bored quite easily but also there are so many ways of writing out there to explore. To run with the house analogy -- I love houses and there are so many lovely ones that I'll never have a chance to live in because life is short and so is money. It's the same with different styles and genres of writing. I hope before I die I manage to write a romantic novel (because I never write any kind of romance) and I would love to be able to write a children's book, but I think they are the most challenging of all.
Child: Is it easier to write the Brodie books than the others? Or harder?
Atkinson: I found the Brodie books easy to begin with, and then very difficult to finish. I haven't actually finished with him yet but at the moment he's taking a holiday somewhere restful. I found the new book really hard but I think I'd just run out of steam with the character. I'm writing something completely different at the moment and it's amazing how much energy I have for it and what a relief it feels! I think the next time I re-visit Jackson it will be with that same kind of enthusiasm -- and he (and I) will be all the better for having taken a break from each other!
Child: You write about Yorkshire with a certain exasperated affection. You were born there, right?
Atkinson: I am actually a patron of the Yorkshire Tourist Board! I think it's true of everyone in exile -- I live in Edinburgh -- no matter how mild the form, that you have a longing for what you have left behind. I think the older you get the stronger that is -- not so much nostalgia, but a feeling that your heart is in another place. I may be kidding myself there and, like Jackson, there are certain parts of Yorkshire that I would never want to re-visit, but like him I think there are places in North Yorkshire that do mark it out as God's Own county. (I don't know why Yorkshire people are so fervently patriotic about their county!) My whole family is settled in Scotland so that kind of prevents me from moving back although I dream about that little cottage in the Dales, Aga in the kitchen, sheep bleating outside the window...
***bestseller*** Top Of The Times
Worth Dying For is number one on The New York Times Best Seller list after the first week of sales.
The latest Lee Child Reacher installment has been causing a stir across the board after shooting to No.1 in its first week of publication in the UK and now in the US.
'Forget Sleep, Jack Reacher Is Back' Book Review
'Jack Reacher takes on evil in 'Worth Dying For,' Lee Child's latest page-turner... Don't pick up the latest Jack Reacher novel if you don't have some time on your hands, because "Worth Dying For" is difficult to put down.' The Associated Press
Making Waves Both Sides Of The Atlantic
In the final week of October 2010, two of Darley Anderson's authors took the No.1 Hardback Bestseller positions on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the UK Martina Cole's The Family rocketed to the top of the The Sunday Times Hardback Bestseller list (and overall fiction), where it has remained since its publication date. Whilst in the US this week, Lee Child's Worth Dying For proved that it had definitely been worth the wait for Reacher fans, taking prime position on The New York Times Bestseller list after one week of sales.
''I've got the best Agent in London'' Martina Cole
"Great agents do all kinds of hidden behind-the-scenes work, all day, every day, constantly managing changing situations, and Darley does it better than anyone else - hence the ongoing success of his authors. If someone worked out a league table of the last five years' worth of chart-weeks-and-positions around the globe, it would almost certainly show that Darley is the world's most successful agent. Gratifying, of course, but again, no surprise." Lee Child
I dont think there has ever been a single UK agent who has had a No.1 UK and No.1 US hardback bestseller by different authors at exactly the same time. It is absolutely incredible. Darley is the best talent spotter out there and the most brilliant agent in the business. Madeleine Buston, Head of Rights & Womens Fiction Agent
Transworld Birthday Bash!
Transworld celebrated their 60th Anniversary on the 23rd September.
The party was held in the former St. Marks Church. The Agency's bestselling Transworld authors Lee Child and Carmen Reid were in attendance, along with top Agent Darley Anderson.
Glasses were raised to celebrate 60 successful years and the sale of over 750 million books.
***bestseller*** Lee Child's Epic Sales
After 8 days of publication, Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher thriller 61 Hours sales are rapidly approaching 100,000 copies.
After a record breaking eight days sales, Lee Child has remained firmly at No.1 for the second successive week.
In its second week 61 Hours sold 5,000 copies more than Sebastian Faulks latest and 10,000 more than Cecilia Ahern. Both of which were published on the same day.
To date, a staggering 43 million copies of Lee Child's Jack Reacher Books have been sold around the world. They are available in 78 different countries and have been translated into 38 different languages.
***new York Times Bestseller***
61 Hours by Lee Child has spent its 11th week on The New York Times Bestsellers list.
61 Hours, the 14th Jack Reacher Novel, originally went into the No. 1 spot in its first week of publication. In its 11th week the gripping crime novel held position No.35.
"What heats '61 Hours' to the boiling point is Mr. Child’s decision to defy his own conventions. In the interests of pure gamesmanship he seems hell bent on doing everything differently this time..." Janet Maslin, The New York Times .
***prize Winner*** Gone Tomorrow Grabs Gold
The animated trailer for Gone Tomorrow has won gold at the PromaxBDA Design Awards in LA.
The video that was commissioned by Transworld Publisher's for the release of Lee Child's Gone Tomorrow.
The video was entered into, and then won the category titled 'Other Design Applications: Music Video or Short Subject'
Every year the the PromaxBDA awards are given out to recognise talent and creativity of promos, commercials and campaigns.
Gone Tomorrow went into the No.1 position on the UK Hardback Bestsellers list and remained in the Chart for 21 weeks. The novel then went on to top the Paperback Bestsellers list and enter into the No.2 position on The New York Times Bestsellers list.
***bestsellers*** Da Authors Take Over The Charts!
It has been a fantastic week for Darley Anderson's Authors, who have made up 10% of the Paperback Top 50 Bestseller list.
Milly Johnson and Annie Murray have joined Jane Costello, Lee Child and Martina Cole this week in the Bestseller chart, who between them have already managed to tot up a total of 19 weeks in the list.
No.4 Martina Cole HARD GIRLS
No.19 Lee Child GONE TOMORROW
No.23 Jane Costello MY SINGLE FRIEND
No.41 Milly Johnson A SUMMER FLING
No.45 Annie Murray SOLDIER GIRL
Soldier Girl is Annie Murrays 14th Novel. Published on the 7th of May, the book sailed straight onto the Paperback Bestseller list after only three days of sales. Soldier Girl is the Story of Molly Fox, who has grown up on the streets of Birmingham at the mercy of her grandfather and her cruel, drunken mother. Although she has grown into a tall, beautiful woman, Molly is trapped by her impoverished past and haunted by terrible family secrets.
Read more about Annie Murray and Molly Fox here.
Following on from a successful book launch, Milly Johnsons fourth novel, A Summer Fling, topped the Tescos chart at No.9 on its week of publication, and carried on to join the Bestseller lists. A Summer Fling tells of a summer that wont be forgotten. When dynamic Christie blows in like a warm wind to take over a department, five very different women find themselves thrown together
Read more about A Summer Fling here.
***bestseller*** Jack Reaches All Corners Of The World
Lee Child has been commanding the charts in all corners of the world, with Jack Reacher topping the New Zealand charts, as well as reaching No.2 on the US Bestsellers list.
Lee's latest book, 61 Hours went straight in at No.1 in the International Bestselling Fiction list in New Zealand. The most recent in the Jack Reacher series, has been following in the footsteps of Lee’s last novel, Killing Floor which on release also went in at No.1. Killing Floor has remained firmly in the charts, currently holding on to the No.7 position.
Along with hugely successful sales of 61 Hours in the UK, Australia and NZ, Lee's previous Jack Reacher Novel, went in at No.2 in The New York Times Bestsellers list. Lee has seen a 30% increase in sales across the US, which is fantastic and unheard of in the current climate.
***bestseller*** LEE CHILD STORMS UK CHARTS AFTER ONLY 72 HOURS
61 hours shot firmly into the No.1 spot in the Hardback Bestsellers list this week. The countdown to publication of Lee Child’s latest thriller finally ended on the 18th March and after only 72 hours, a phenomenal 26,432 copies had flown off the shelves. His heart stopping new thriller has been receiving fantastic reviews.
‘Child's protagonist is a wandering knight who always finds trouble and inevitably solves it, with satisfying violence. As usual, Child's writing is superb… Fast paced and exciting, this is highly recommended for thriller fans.’ The Library Journal
"This is Child in top form, but isn't he always?" The Booklist
Winter in South Dakota. Blowing snow, icy roads, a tired driver. A bus skids and crashes and is stranded in a gathering storm.
There’s a small town twenty miles away, where a vulnerable witness is guarded around the clock. There’s a strange stone building five miles further on, all alone on the prairie. There’s a ruthless man who controls everything from the warmth of Mexico.
Jack Reacher hitched a ride in the back of the bus. A life without baggage has many advantages. And crucial disadvantages too, when it means facing the arctic cold without a coat. But he’s equipped for the rest of his task. He doesn’t want to put the world to rights. He just doesn’t like people who put it to wrongs.
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***bestseller*** Who's The Daddy?
After only three days on sale Lee Child's latest thriller Gone Tomorrow shot to No1 in The Sunday Times Paperback Bestseller lists with 30,000 copies.
Thirteenth in the Jack Reacher series Gone Tomorrow hit the Top No1 spot on both The Sunday Times and The New York Times hardback fiction bestseller lists in 2009.
'No-one kicks butt quite as entertainingly as Lee Child does'- Kirkus Review
Lee Child Hijacks Darleys Angels
Lee Child re-named Darley's Angels the Reacher Creaturettes
for a special evening of revels and celebrations. Glasses were raised
to Dr Lee Child and of course to Jack Reacher - transatlantic bestseller
and universal hearthrob.
year Lee hit the Top No1 spot on both The Sunday Times and
The New York Times hardback fiction bestseller lists with Gone
The Meteoric Rise Of Jack Reacher
Lee Child’s latest thriller GONE TOMORROW is a transatlantic super
In the US Gone Tomorrow rode high on thirteen different bestseller lists around the country.
Gone Tomorrow won the No1 slot on The New York Times Hardback Fiction Bestseller list in its first week.
Altogether Gone Tomorrow spent five weeks on The New York Times Hardback fiction bestseller list, four weeks on the LA Times bestseller list, six weeks on the Boston Globe bestseller list, three weeks on the Washington Post bestseller list and and three weeks on the Wall Street Journal bestselling fiction list.
UK side Gone Tomorrow spent twelve weeks on The Sunday Times hardback fiction Bestseller list after hitting the top no1 spot in its first week.
Gone Tomorrow is no 13 in the bestselling Jack Reacher series and its success follows on the heels of the previous thriller in the series - Nothing to Lose paperback - which spent five weeks on The New York Times bestseller list going in at No3.
Jack Reacher is a smash hit success.
Says Darley Anderson:
"This is one of the all time great thrillers."
"noone kicks butt as entertainingly as Lee Child"
Omaha World Herald:
"...And Gone Tomorrow is vintage Child, a compulsive page-turner head-and-shoulders above most of today's thriller writers."
***Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs. Mostly because they're nervous. By definition they're all first-timers.
Riding the subway in New York at two o'clock in the morning, Reacher knows the twelve giveaway signs to look out for. Watching one of his fellow-passengers, he becomes sharply aware: one by one, she ticks off every bullet point on his list. So begins the new heart stopping new thriller starring today's most admired action hero, the gallant and enigmatic loner Jack Reacher.
But now Reacher is confronted by a situation so disturbing and deceptive that the truth eludes him. Has he painted targets on the good guys’ backs?***