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John Grisham - Author

Long before John Grisham's name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small law practice in Southaven, Mississippi, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom breaks to work on his hobby - writing his first novel.

One day at the Dessoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard a harrowing testimony and was inspired to start a novel. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films. He has also written a series for younger readers, Theodore Boone (see below).

When he's not writing, John Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball.

Author photo © Bob Krasner

(Biography from author's website)

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Theodore Boone: The Fugitive
John Grisham
John Grisham delivers high intensity legal drama for a new generation of readers in the fifth novel in his bestselling Theodore Boone series.
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Format: Paperback | Released 10/03/2016
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Theodore Boone 3: the Accused
John Grisham
June 2012 Book of the Month. Bestselling John Grisham's needle-sharp writing is brilliantly on display in this detective story centring on 13 year old Theodore Boone. The son of lawyers, Theo is an expert in how the law works. It's knowledge...
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Format: Hardback | Released 24/05/2012
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Theodore Boone 2: The Abduction
John Grisham
Following on from the number one bestseller Theodore Boone, John Grisham delivers high intensity legal drama for a new generation of readers.
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2012
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Theodore Boone
John Grisham
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade. A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a number one international bestseller and the undisputed master of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2011
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Author's Website

www.theodoreboone.co.uk/

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