Tuesday, 6 September 2011

John Grisham Wins Harper List Price For Legal Fiction

John Grisham’s THE CONFESSION wins the 2011 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, co-sponsored by The University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses 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. Realizing 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 DeSoto 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.....

Others Fiction From John Grisham

   The BrethrenThe TestamentThe Runaway Jury   

1 comment:

  1. I really wished Grisham could have kept the boy (Donte Drumm) alive and let the story end on a happy note but just like his previous novel The Chamber, he does the contrary what the readers anticipated for.


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