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John Grisham - Author


John Grisham is the author of twenty-one novels, one work of non-fiction and one collection of short stories. His works are translated into thirty-eight languages. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi, USA.

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.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realising he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the Dessoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. 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.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career - and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other novels are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, The Broker, The Appeal, The Associate and his collection of short stories, Ford County) 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 (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honouring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500 - the biggest verdict of his career.

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)

If you like John Grisham you might also like to read books by Harlan Coben, David Baldacci and Richard North Patterson.

Featured Books, with extracts, by John Grisham

Theodore Boone: the Accused
John Grisham
Bestselling author 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 he badly needs when...
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Theodore Boone: The Accused
John Grisham
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 he badly needs when he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/05/2012
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Theodore Boone: the Accused
John Grisham
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 he badly needs when he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/05/2012
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The Litigators
John Grisham
The Litigators is a tremendously entertaining romp, filled with the kind of courtroom strategies, theatrics and suspense that have made John Grisham the world's favourite storyteller.
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/10/2011
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The Broker
John Grisham
I really liked this one, lots of insight into American political manipulation on the international scene and a ‘bad’ guy who you actually feel sorry for. It’s compulsive, intelligent and very good.Comparison: Scott Turow, Brad Meltzer,...
Format: Paperback (a Format) - Released: 26/05/2011
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Theodore Boone
John Grisham
A 2014 World Book Night selection. Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a number one international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone will keep readers guessing and pages turning in this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2011
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The Confession
John Grisham
The epic new legal thriller from international number one bestselling author John Grisham. An innocent man is days from execution and only a guilty man can save him. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and politicians that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/10/2010
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The Last Juror
John Grisham
Don’t be put off by ‘another John Grisham’ – We think it's one of his best for a long time.
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/11/2004
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Theodore Boone The Abduction
John Grisham
The adventure continues for John Grisham’s teenage lawyer Theo Boone. This is high intensity legal drama for a new generation of readers. Filled with the page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a number one international bestseller and the undisputed master...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/06/2011
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Theodore Boone: The Abduction
John Grisham
The adventure continues for John Grisham’s teenage lawyer Theo Boone. This is high intensity legal drama for a new generation of readers. Filled with the page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a number one international bestseller and the undisputed master...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2012
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The Litigators
John Grisham
The Litigators is a tremendously entertaining romp, filled with the kind of courtroom strategies, theatrics and suspense that have made John Grisham the world's favourite storyteller.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/07/2012
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The Racketeer
John Grisham
Worldwide bestseller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
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Sycamore Row
John Grisham
The most suspenseful novel yet from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2013
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Theodore Boone: the Activist
John Grisham
This is the third in Grisham’s children’s series about pre-teen wannabe lawyer Theo Boone. Grisham is the undisputed master of the legal thriller and these are perfect books for any young reader who wants to get the bad guys. Adult...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
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Sycamore Row
John Grisham
Those who started following John Grisham from the beginning will remember the sensation of reading A Time to Kill, his first novel, of finishing it with it haunting you for days, of knowing you had just discovered a very talented...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Gray Mountain
John Grisham
Grisham is the master of the courtroom thriller and fans would be the first to admit that this isn’t his best, though it’s still hugely enjoyable. Mostly focused on the tensions between what happens when a young aspirational New York...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
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