James Patterson is not an author I’m really familiar with, apart from knowing he writes hugely successful crime thrillers and mysteries. And then I heard that he is one of those authors who gives back… with grants to independent bookshops in the USA and UK, and also in literary programmes to encourage adults and children to read. In the UK he formed a partnership with the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity that aims to change lives through literacy.
If, like me, you are unfamiliar with James Patterson, here are a few facts:-
By January 2016, he had sold 350 million books worldwide;
He doesn’t just write thrillers, but also children’s, middle-grade and young adult fiction;
His first novel The Thomas Berryman Number was published in 1976 while he worked for advertising agency J Walter Thompson. It was turned down by 31 publishers, and finally won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
And so here’s a photo of Patterson at work… judging by the palm trees outside the window, he must be at home in Palm Beach, Florida.
‘The Thomas Berryman Number’ by James Patterson [UK: Arrow]
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