at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Lee Child

Due to popular demand, we've added this second session with Lee Child. If you booked tickets for our original session, you've been sent an email with the option of a session change or refund.

It’s said that a Jack Reacher novel is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds, making the series’ author, Lee Child, a publishing phenomenon.

Fired from his day-job at age 40, Child starting writing novels more than 20 years ago, and his name is now ‘the strongest brand in publishing’ according to Forbes magazine. The insanely addictive Jack Reacher thrillers – and the movie spin-offs starring Tom Cruise – have made Child’s name a billion-dollar brand.  

At the centre of it all is the enigmatic appeal of Child’s protagonist, the moody, ex-military policeman, Jack Reacher himself. At six foot five with a 50-inch chest, Reacher is a giant slab of vigilante, drifting across the towns and cities of America, slugging bad guys and righting wrongs. In the new book, Past Tense, Child takes the reader on a roadtrip with Reacher, who – with no fixed address, ties, or commitments – is guided only by his own conscience and his incredible powers of deduction.

At Deakin Edge in November, Child will discuss storytelling, fantasy figures and men of mystery – and share stories from his own remarkable career. Hosted by Emma Viskic.

Sun Bookshop will be our bookseller at this event.


Portrait of Lee Child

Lee Child

Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers. He was born in Coventry, raised in Birmingham, and now lives in New York. It is said one of his novels featuring his hero Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds.

His books consistently achieve the number-one slot on bestseller lists around the world and have sold over one hundred million copies. Two blockbusting Jack Reacher movies have been made so far. He is the recipient of many awards, most recently the CWA’s Diamond Dagger for a writer of an outstanding body of crime fiction, the International Thriller Writers’ ThrillerMaster and the Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award.

Portrait of Emma Viskic

Emma Viskic

Emma Viskic is the Melbourne-based author of the critically acclaimed Caleb Zelic series of books, which has been published in numerous countries, including the US and UK. Resurrection Bay won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and an unprecedented three Davitt Awards. It was iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of the Year, and is currently shortlisted for the UK’s prestigious Gold Dagger and New Blood Awards. And Fire Came Down won the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Crime Novel and was recently launched in the UK at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. 

Also a classically trained clarinettist, Emma’s musical career ranged from performing in operas and musicals, to playing at an engagement party that ended in a brawl. She is currently working on the third novel in the Caleb Zelic series, with the help of a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.