HEATHER MARTIN

LIVE Q & A
WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY 2021 7PM GMT

How difficult is it to write a biography? Add to that the fact your subject is an international bestselling household name and we imagine pretty tricky indeed. Join our live audience as we chat with Heather Martin, authorised biographer of writing legend Lee Child. How does a biography take shape? Where do you head to get a biography published? And what can we find out about being behind the scenes of one of the most successful literary franchises in the world? We can’t wait to hear about Lee’s journey to writing success and the adventure Heather embarked upon to write an accurate and highly indepth account of Lee’s life. Find out his real name, how the character of Jack Reacher came to be and Heather’s tips on how she researched one of the most successful novelists in today’s book charts. Have your questions ready!

HEATHER MARTIN

Heather Martin was born in West Australia and moved to London aged sixteen with the idea of becoming a musician. Four years of guitar-playing and a Venezuelan folk group later, she wound up reading languages at Cambridge instead. This led to lectureships in twentieth-century Spanish and Latin American literature first at Hull, then at King’s College London, and thence to a career in teaching, writing and translating. While researching her biography of Lee Child she was based for a year at the Department of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, City University New York.