29 OCT 1954
Jim Grant born in Coventry. Grows up in Birmingham and studies law at Sheffield University. His brother Andrew also becomes a writer.
1 SEP 1995
Begins writing a novel under the pen name Lee Child after redundancy from Granada TV. He starts all his books on the same date.
5 JUN 1997
UK publication of Killing Floor. Reacher’s name comes from Child’s wife saying he’s a good “reacher” in a supermarket.
22 JUL 2011
Child’s 61 Hours wins the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year Award, beating Mark Billingham and S.J. Bolton.
26 DEC 2012
The UK release of Jack Reacher, the movie version of One Shot (book nine), starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike and Werner Herzog.
10 SEP 2014
Child throws the ceremonial first pitch at the New York Yankees’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays – the Yankees won.
19 NOV 2015
Publication of Reacher Said Nothing, a “making of” account covering Child’s obsession with language, his childhood illness and addiction to coffee and cigarettes.
7 NOV 2016
The release of Night School, the 21st novel, coincides with that of the movie sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, starring Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders.