The University of East Anglia (UEA) is thrilled that Lee Child has deposited his archive within the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW).
Lee Child is one of the world’s most popular, celebrated and highly acclaimed crime and thriller writers, and the winner of numerous international awards including the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How big is the archive?
The paper archive consists of 22 linear metres of physical material within 40 boxes. It includes notebooks, correspondence, drafts, typescripts and working papers associated with the entire spectrum of Child’s writing career.
Can I visit the archive?
Child has deposited 40 huge boxes of material, which will take many months to catalogue and make available. We will launch the archive in Spring 2022.
Sneak preview? Child's authorised biographer, Heather Martin, enjoyed privileged access to the archive during the writing of her biogaphy 'The Reacher Guy' was published in October 2020. Both Martin and Child appeared together at UEA to discuss the book and the recording is available to view on request.
Creative Writing students at UEA enjoy privileged access to the draft manuscripts and correspondence which appeared as part of a small exhibition during the NOIRWICH 2018 international crime writing festival. ‘The Making of Jack Reacher’ revealed how Child set about writing his debut novel, 'Killing Floor', and its initial reception by fans and the publishing world.
What can we look forward to discovering in the archive?
It includes early drafts, manuscripts and correspondence. It provides fascinating insights into the initial creation of one of English literature’s most enduring and uncompromising characters and the structure and development of a long running and highly successful thriller series.
If you have further queries, please contact the Archivist, Justine Mann.