In this issue of the Book Lovers Club News, I bring for you the life story of a hugely successful writer of legal thrillers and crime fiction- John Grisham. Grisham is one of the only three authors in the world to have sold two million copies of his book in the first printing alone. He shares this distinction with J K Rowling and Tom Clancy.

John Grisham

J K Rowling Not much is available on the internet about this talented man. His official website has a page on his bio and Wikipedia reflects more-or-less the same information. Clearly, he lacks some of the star power that his colleagues J K Rowling and Dan Brown possess. His stars, however, have lead him to amass fortunes that few litterateurs in the world have been able to collect.

John Grisham (born February 8, 1955)is the son of a construction worker and a home maker. He found his way to college after briefly dabbling in contracting and sales. He switched three colleges to finally graduate in 1983 with a degree in criminal law. He practiced law for about a decade before taking time out for his first book A Time To Kill.

It took him about three years to write his first book. Finding a publisher for his first work was not easy. He got rejected by 28 publishers after which it was picked up by an unknown publisher- Wynwood Press. By this time Grisham had already started writing his second book The Firm. This book was an instant hit with the readers. It became the bestselling novel of 1991 and remained on The New York Times' bestseller list for 47 weeks.

Since then there has been no looking back for Grisham. He has written 25 novels since 1989, many of which are bestsellers. Of these 11 have been adapted into films.

Book Review Circle gossip

Apart from writing, Grisham has a passion for baseball. He supports Little league in Oxford, Mississippi and Charlottesville,Virginia. Grisham has produced the baseball movie Mickey and written the original screenplay for it. His book The Painted House has a motif of baseball and is a reflection of Grisham's love for the game.

Book Review Circle suggested read:

'The Confession' published in 2010. Grisham won a literary award for this novel.

Test your Literary Quotient

See if you know answers to the following
  1. What is the literary award that John Grisham won in 2011 for 'The Confession'?
  2. How many languages have Grisham's books been translated into?
  3. What is the latest John Grisham book to be released?


  1. Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction
  2. 29
  3. The Litigator
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