Jim Grant, who adopted the pen name of Lee Child is an English thriller novelist and an Anthony Award winner for the best first novel. His novels are based on the adventures of Jack Reacher, a former American military policeman wandering the United States.
Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England. His father was a civil servant. When Grant was four, his parents decided to make a move to Handsworth Wood in Birmingham for the purpose of a better education for Grant and his three brothers. He grew up with an older brother, Richard, and their relationship would serve as a template for the fictional one Child later created in his novels.
Child went on to King Edward's School in Edgbaston, a private academy whose graduates often go on to England's top universities of Oxford or Cambridge. He was active in the school's theater group, and also helped out backstage at the Bir- mingham Repertory Theatre for a number of years.
Grant attended Cherry Orchard Primary School in Handsworth Wood until the age of 11. He attended King Edward's School, Birmingham. In 1974, at age 20, Grant studied law at University of Sheffield, though he had no intention of entering the legal profession and, during his student days, worked backstage in a theatre. After graduating, he worked in commercial television.
Lee Child joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.