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Elmore Leonard - Author


Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his phenomenal career. Many have been made into successful movies, including Get Shorty with John Travolta, Out of Sight with George Clooney and Rum Punch, which became Tarantino's Jackie Brown. He died in August 2013.

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Below is a tribute to Elmore Leonard from Sophie Buchan, Commissioning Editor for Weidenfeld & Nicolson...

"Reading Elmore Leonard is the closest you can get to watching a movie without going to the cinema. He could sum up a character in a sentence, wrote some of the smartest dialogue ever committed to the pages of a novel and, to paraphrase his own 10 Rules of Writing, left out the bits that readers tend to skip. He famously once wrote ‘if it sounds like writing, rewrite it’. And you don’t read an Elmore Leonard novel; you live it.

Leonard’s novels will pick up you from your living room or train carriage and plonk you down in a smoke-filled backroom full of the slick-talking charlatans, plotting femmes fatales, and some of the wittiest baddies you’re likely to meet.

Publishing his novels was a joy not only because he was consistently brilliant but also because he was tremendously good fun, both on the page and in person. He surprised us constantly. At the age of 84, he delivered a novel that not only dealt with the – then – very topical Somali pirate crisis but also referenced Lady Gaga’s meat dress. I’d be lying if I said I’d expected that.

What has been unusual about the response to his death isn’t just the sheer depth of feeling but the range of people who have spoken of their admiration for this work. As tributes pour in authors including Ian Rankin, Martin Amis and Jackie Collins, I’d advise you – whatever you usually read – to discover Elmore Leonard."

If you like Elmore Leonard you might also like to read books by Joe R Lansdale, Lawrence Block and George P Pelecanos.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Elmore Leonard

Charlie Martz and Other Stories The Unpublished Stories of Elmore Leonard by Elmore Leonard
Charlie Martz and Other Stories The Unpublished Stories of Elmore Leonard
Elmore Leonard
When Elmore Leonard died in 2013, he left behind a 60-year legacy of crime novels, many of which have become modern classics. He also left behind a treasure trove of unpublished early stories. Whether embodying an extra on a movie set...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/06/2015
Djibouti by Elmore Leonard
Djibouti
Elmore Leonard
The legendary 85 year old American Crime writer has created an absolute stand out novel with this tale of documentary film maker Dara Barr, Somalian pirates and the race to stop a tanker being blown up by any number of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/10/2011
Be Cool by Elmore Leonard
Be Cool
Elmore Leonard
Ice cool former loan shark Chili Palmer returns in the sequel to GET SHORTY - and this time he's taking on LA's music industry in a tale of drama, jealousy and betrayal. Below is a tribute to Elmore Leonard...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2010
Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard
Tishomingo Blues
Elmore Leonard
Vintage Elmore Leonard - a searing tale of gambling, gangsters, hidden agendas and a whole heap of trouble from the virtuoso of American crime fiction. Below is a tribute to Elmore Leonard from Sophie Buchan, Commissioning Editor for Weidenfeld...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2010
Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
Get Shorty
Elmore Leonard
In Hollywood, home of movies, gorgeous women, players and fast operators - every move you make is a potential scene... Nerve-shattering suspense, crackling dialogue and scathing wit from 'the hottest thriller writer in the US' [TIME]. Below is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2009
Out of Sight by Elmore Leonard
Out of Sight
Elmore Leonard
Out of Sight was made into the highly-acclaimed movie starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Below is a tribute to Elmore Leonard from Sophie Buchan, Commissioning Editor for Weidenfeld & Nicolson... "Reading Elmore Leonard is the closest you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/06/2008
Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
Rum Punch
Elmore Leonard
From America's top writer of hardboiled crime, the novel that Quentin Tarantino made into the film JACKIE BROWN. Below is a tribute to Elmore Leonard from Sophie Buchan, Commissioning Editor for Weidenfeld & Nicolson... "Reading Elmore Leonard is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2004

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