Our bestselling thriller writer, Lee Child, is awarded an honorary degree from De Montfort University in Leicester.  Watch fabulous coverage here, including his advice to students: ‘read now, read 10,000 books then start writing’ and, it’s never too late for the rest of us: ‘You’re looking at a guy who was 40 years old before he figured out what he was supposed to do’.

Lee has just won the 2011 Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Award for his 14th instalment, 61 Hours, in his bestselling Jack Reacher series.  Lee’s books have sold more than 50m copies worldwide, and we have sold translation rights in more than 40 languages.

If you’d like to join my Jack Reacher Recruits group on facebook, click here!

My advice to new writers – create a great character.  Lee has done it with Jack Reacher.   Think James Bond, Harry Potter, all the great superheroes and  all the characters in Shakespeare and Dickens…