The Graduate Center is please to welcome Heather Martin and Lee Child for an extraordinary book talk event.
Join us for this writer-on-writer talk, focusing on Heather Martin’s exquisitely written and nuanced biography of an exceptional individual and writer, The Reacher Guy: The Authorised Biography of Lee Child. Child created the # 1 international bestselling hero Jack Reacher, the protagonist of his crime thriller series revered by dedicated and loyal readers worldwide.
Martin’s rags-to-riches literary and social biography is based principally on disarmingly frank personal conversations and correspondence with the author since 2016 and privileged access to archival materials. It consists almost entirely of original material, and is the nearest thing the world is likely to get to the autobiography he does not intend to write.
There are a handful of great Lee Child/Reacher stories that have been recycled over and over again. They are so good that no one has bothered to look beyond them. This book revisits (and sometimes revises) those irresistible stories, but goes back further and digs deeper. In the process of writing The Reacher Guy, Martin examined the social and historical detail and has written a biography that captures where Lee really came from: the people, places and period. The emphasis on chronology, accuracy and specificity is unprecedented.
The Lee Child origin myth is much loved. But mostly it sees him springing fully formed from the brow of Granada Television. This is the first time someone has described the Lee Child arc: from peaceful obscurity in the Yorkshire Dales and Upstate New York to cult figure, no. 1 in America, rock star, celebrity and publishing institution through to backlash, the changing zeitgeist and intimations of retirement. Join us to get an insider’s look and analysis of the emotional power and significance of Lee’s work—the themes of happiness, addiction, dependency, loneliness and existential absurdity—and the first-hand retrospective accounts of his life and second-act career, all exclusive to this definitive biography.