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With Child: Lee Child and the Readers of Jack Reacher

Andy Martin Lee Child



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Polity Press
06 September 2019
Media studies
With a foreword by Lee Child.

Andy Martin spent a year in the company of Lee Child, creator of tough-guy hero Jack Reacher. With Child is the diary of their adventures, tracking the publication and reception of Make Me, the writing of Night School at an apartment in Manhattan, the filming of Never Go Back in New Orleans, all the agony and ecstasy of the creative process and the sheer hard work of selling a bestseller. They go on the road together, from TV studios to bookstores, from Harvard to Stockholm, amid literary conferences and gunshows, rivalries and reviews ranging from adulatory to murderous. We meet fellow writers like Stephen King and David Lagercrantz and Karin Slaughter, and dissect the latest novel from Jonathan Franzen.

But Martin also reaches out to Child's legion of readers in America and around the world. He tracks down a woman in Texas whose name appears in the home invasion scene in Make Me; he goes up a mountain in Montana in search of the only reader who thinks Reacher is a lightweight ; and he talks to obsessive fans from Europe to South Africa who find salvation or consolation in the colossal form of Jack Reacher.

This compelling account of life on the road with Lee Child demonstrates that readers are just as important as writers in the making of modern fiction.
By:   Andy Martin
Foreword by:   Lee Child
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 194mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   354g
ISBN:   9781509538225
ISBN 10:   1509538224
Pages:   290
Publication Date:   06 September 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andy Martin is the author of Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me. He writes for The Independent and The New York Times and teaches at the University of Cambridge. His book on surfing, Walking on Water, is a cult classic

Reviews for With Child: Lee Child and the Readers of Jack Reacher

You don't even have to be a 'Reacher creature' (as the fans are known) to enjoy this sly, fly-on-the-wall take on the blockbuster production line. The Sydney Morning Herald

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