Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Jack Reacher - two decades on and still going strong !
It's been a wonderful two decades for me, and I'm deeply grateful to
everyone who has read and enjoyed any of the Reacher books - with a
special place in my heart for the people who have been with me from the
beginning. - Lee Child
Lee reminded me a few days ago that our 20th anniversary was coming up
which means that 20 years ago today, KILLING
FLOOR went on sale in the US and Canada, I met Lee for the first
time when we had lunch in Greenwich Village after he signed hundreds of
copies in my bookstore nearby. His agent, publishers, editors, and
publicists were a dream team (still are) and made coordinating his trip
to the US easy - everyone connected to mystery bookstores in NYC were
already Reacher Creatures (that's what advance reading copies are for) -
and Team Reacher was born. So maybe you can understand why, when Lee
mentioned 20 years, I smiled, wondered just how old am I? and
thought ISN'T THIS GREAT?
Can you imagine? Lee and his family have a few months of bills covered,
then they're down to zip. So Lee writes a book, never having even tried
before, hoping to keep food on the table and a roof over his family's
head. All these years later Reacher is still going strong, millions of
people around the world are loving the big guy and looking forward to the
next book. Thank you, faithful readers, you've changed lives.
Speaking of what's next...
On March 28th in the US, Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the
Wrongfully Convicted goes on sale. Read about Lee's participation HERE.
Reacher novel #21, NIGHT SCHOOL, will be released in mass-market
paperback on April 6th in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and
on May 9th in the US and Canada.
Next, NO MIDDLE NAME, the complete collection of
Reacher short stories, goes on sale on May 16th in the US and Canada, and
on May 18th in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
Last (but, you know, not at all least, especially when you're talking
about a guy who is 6'5" tall), is Reacher novel #22 - THE MIDNIGHT LINE which will go on sale in
November. The covers have been finalized (as you can see in this
newsletter) but the sale dates and the synopsis are being worked on.
We'll post that to the website, Facebook and Twitter, soon as we've got
We'll be sending out another newsletter just prior to NO MIDDLE NAME
and THE MIDNIGHT LINE going on sale but if you prefer to
pre-order, now you can!
Regarding all this anniversary hullabaloo, when asked for a comment of
his own, Reacher said nothing. Luckily saying nothing isn't my problem. I
like to call that "job security". Happy Anniversary, Lee!