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. Find out more about Lee Child on his official Website.
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 publicly in 2021.
A first glimpse of the archive was temporarily on display at the NOIRwich 2018 international crime writing festival. ‘The Making of Jack Reacher’ revealed how Child set about writing his debut novel, and its initial reception by fans and the publishing world.
Who is working on the archive?
Elspeth Latimer, who is studying Lee's work as part of her UEA PhD on the use of place in crimewriting, is assisting the UEA archives team as part of a CHASE Consortium funded placement.
Heather Martin, Lee's authorised biographer, also has privileged access to the material.
The crime writer and academic, Henry Sutton, is academic curator of the archive and other crime writing collections at UEA.