A former attorney specialising in criminal defence law, John Grisham is now an internationally bestselling author of over 30 novels, 7+ young adult novels, a collection of short stories, and a non-fiction book. Inspired by the cases on which he worked, Grisham initially began writing as a hobby, before publishing his first novel, A Time to Kill, in 1989. His second and most recognisable novel, The Firm, was his breakthrough publication, selling more than seven million copies and solidifying Grisham’s place in crime thriller’s hall of fame. Read More
All John Grisham’s novels since have been international bestsellers, regularly topping New York Times lists, and motivating several adaptations of his books to both film and TV. With a hugely loyal fanbase, Grisham published approximately one novel each year, keeping his readership enthused and always waiting for the next release. Since 2010, John Grisham has also entered the Young Adult fiction space. His YA series, Theodore Boone, follows the life of a thirteen-year-old aspiring lawyer, bringing legal fiction to the forefront of children’s literature.
The accuracy of the judicial system represented in Grisham’s works is a huge draw for readers. Along with his straightforward case descriptions that only a lawyer could replicate, he feeds the personal lives of his characters into the stories with dedication and sensitivity. Readers of legal novels should already be a fan of his author, and fans of thrillers and mystery across the board definitely need John Grisham’s books on their shelves.
Grisham’s works are decorated with a number of awards including two Harper Lee Prizes for Legal Fiction. With his influence and experience, Grisham is a prominent figure in the world of law and politics. Using his position, he is an advocate for initiatives such as the ‘Innocence Project’, of which he is also a board member.
“I seriously doubt I would ever have written the first story had I not been a lawyer. I never dreamed of being a writer. I wrote only after witnessing a trial.”
― John Grisham