Tuesday 14 December 2021

The Reacher Guy by Heather Martin #Giveaway #Win #TheReacherGuy @drheathermartin @TheReacherGuy #Competition #Prize


Lee Child is the enigmatic powerhouse behind the phenomenally successful Jack Reacher novels. With devoted fans across the globe, and over a hundred million copies of his books sold in more than forty languages, he is that rarity, a writer who is both critically acclaimed and adored by readers. And yet curiously little has been written about the man himself.

The Reacher Guy shows us for the first time the young man behind the invention of Jack Reacher. Through parallels drawn between Child and his literary creation, it tells the story of how a lost and lonely boy from Birmingham with a ferocious appetite for reading grew up to become a high-flying TV executive, before coming full circle and establishing himself as an internationally bestselling author.

Heather Martin explores Child's lifelong fascination with America - and shows how the Reacher novels fed and fuelled this obsession. Drawing on exclusive correspondence and conversations with Child over a number of years, she forensically pieces together his life, from Northern Ireland and County Durham to New York and Hollywood. This is the definitive account of the man behind one of the most iconic series of our times.

The Reacher Guy by Heather Martin was published in paperback by Constable on 21 October 2021. You can read my review of The Reacher Guy here 

I am delighted to be able to offer one paperback copy, complete with bookmark and a bookplate - signed by both Lee Child and Heather Martin as a giveaway today. My thanks to the author for providing this prize.

Entry is simple. Just fill out the competition widget in this blog post. UK entries only please.


'A biography as gripping as one of Lee Child's own bestsellers' Ian Rankin

'Very enjoyable' The Times

'Vivid and entertaining' Telegraph

A signed paperback copy of The Reacher Guy by Heather Martin

Heather Martin (author photo © Brian Aris) was born in West Australia. 

She grew up in Aix-en-Provence, Paris, and Perth, where she would fall asleep to the sound of the Indian Ocean. 
She left Australia for England to become a classical guitarist but found herself singing with a Venezuelan folk group and learning to speak Spanish instead. 

She read Languages at Cambridge, where she also did a PhD in comparative literature, and has held teaching and research positions at Cambridge, Hull, King’s College London, and most recently, the Graduate Center, City University New York. 

Heather is a long-time Reacher fan. 

While waiting to get her hands on the next in the series, she once read a Lee Child book in Spanish and wound up writing to the author about the fate of his character in translation. ‘The Reacher Guy’ is her first biography.

Lee Child comments: “I met Heather Martin some years ago, and we started talking about why people love telling and hearing stories. To get more depth and detail we started talking about why I do. Eventually I said, ‘If you want to really get to the bottom of it, you’re going to have to write my biography.’ So she did. It was a fun and illuminating process. I had forgotten a lot, and it was fascinating to be reminded. Now it all makes sense.”

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