The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is hosting a one-off interview with Lee Child, ahead of the publication of his biography The Reacher Guy: The Authorised Biography of Lee Child (Constable) by Dr Heather Martin.
Titled Reacher, Prospero and Me, the event will include Child describing the influence Shakespeare has had on his work, and "revelations about a life-changing trip to Stratford". He will also talk about the creation of his main protagonist, Jack Reacher. Martin will conduct the interview. The event will be broadcast via Eventbrite's digital platform on 28th September.
"Everyone's life is full of formative moments,” he said, “and a lot of mine were at the Royal Shakespeare Company [based in Stratford-on-Avon] — directly or indirectly that company and that town taught me most of what I needed to know."
Child's Jack Reacher novels have sold over 100 million copies worldwide, according to SLF, as well as spawning two films starring Tom Cruise. He was the 2019 Author of the Year at the British Book Awards and is on the 2020 Booker Prize judging panel.
Martin, who is a languages and literature expert, said: "One of the pleasures of doing the biography has been getting beyond the Reacher myth to the man himself; and not just the man but the boy, as enamoured of Shakespeare as of Aston Villa and The Beatles."
The event, which is held in association with Kenilworth Books, will run on a pay-what-you-can basis, with the donations per ticket suggested from £5. Audiences can order a copy of the biography, with a double-signed bookplate designed exclusively for Kenilworth Books. The ticket revenues will go towards securing the future of the festival, which had to cancel its spring programme because of Covid-19.
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