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.