Lee Child Archive Lee Child Archive

Child at Bouchercon XLI 2010The 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
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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. 
What can we look forward to discovering in the archive?
It includes early drafts, manuscripts and correspondence relating to the Jack Reacher series. It provides fascinating insights into the initial creation of one of English literature’s most enduring and uncompromising characters and into the structure and development of a long running and highly successful thriller series.
It will be a key resource for Jack Reacher fans and literature and creative writing students, interested in long-form fictional narratives, the novel and crime fiction. Crime writing studies and research within the academy is currently flourishing – as the genre continues to gather literary credibility, alongside ever increasing sales and popularity worldwide. 
Has the archive been gifted or sold to UEA?
The archive is a long term loan to the University of East Anglia.
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.