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THE BIG READ | So long Jack Reacher! Lee Child officially puts down his pen

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Lee Child has sold more than 100 million copies of his books about famous protagonist Jack Reacher since releasing the first novel, Killing Floor, in 1997.  (Photo: Great Stock/Splash New)
Lee Child has sold more than 100 million copies of his books about famous protagonist Jack Reacher since releasing the first novel, Killing Floor, in 1997. (Photo: Great Stock/Splash New)

The end of a dirt track in the American wilderness – it may be the natural habitat of a reclusive guy like Jack Reacher but it’s not where you’d expect to find a high-profile writing sensation like Lee Child who is the brain behind one of the world’s most valuable publishing franchises.  

Yet for the past seven months the bestselling British author has been pumping his own water from a borehole and driving three hours to collect groceries from the nearest store. Moose and elk wander up to the door of his timber house, and raptors hang above the distant Snowy Mountains.  

“It’s just breathtakingly beautiful,” he says. “The mail is left 10 miles (16km) away in a locked box on the shoulder of a road, so it is unbelievably remote. If I go back to New York, I can walk one block to the store at midnight and see more people than I’ve seen here in two months.” 

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