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The Hero by Lee Child

The Hero

Lee Child

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2 reviews

Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: TLS Books
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 28 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9780008355784

WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD... `It's Lee Child. Why would you not read it?' Karin Slaughter `I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page' The Times

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4 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
12 Jul 2019

"a short, sharp and compelling exploration of the roots of human storytelling, the purpose of fiction, and the genesis of the fictional hero"

As a recent convert to the novels of Lee Child, it's a particular pleasure to highlight this, his first work of non-fiction: a short, sharp and compelling exploration of the roots of human storytelling, the purpose of fiction, and the genesis of the fictional hero, from Achilles and Hector to Robin Hood and James Bond. It's also the first in a series of books from new HarperCollins imprint TLS Books, through which the literary magazine hopes to bring its quality of writing to a wider public. Future additions to the series will include an essay from Virginia Woolf on reading and re-reading.

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3 stars out of 5
16 Nov 2019

"The Jack Reacher author bamboozles with his big ideas"

If you’ve read Child’s books, though, you know he is bright as hell: bright enough to avoid long words and just get on with the business of telling a story. Here, his intelligence is revealing and intrusive. His backstory for the notion of the modern hero is more than an anecdote, less than a fully cogent argument. Because he doesn’t explain his mission at the start, it takes a long time for the reader to sign up for it.

Still, there is good stuff in those last ten pages, when he cleaves closer to his day-to-day activity as a crafter of crime thrillers.