The Hero

The Hero

by Lee Child


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‘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

In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world – arguing that we need them now more than ever.

From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling?

Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, The Hero is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we’ll always need heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008355784
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 51,970
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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.


Birmingham, England

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Place of Birth:

Coventry, England


Sheffield University

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The Hero 2.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JOANNE KRAUZA 23 days ago
Definitely not what I thought it would be. A big disappointment if you're looking for a short story.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Anonymous 4 months ago
because I saw "Lee Child", and "The Hero", I presumed it would be a short story about Jack Reacher, which a weird sort of way it was, unsatisfyingly!
Anonymous 4 months ago
This short book seems to highlight some personal feelings, by the author. If so, I have no problem, with their concept. However, these thoughts should be more appropriately contained in one of his books, rather than my having paid, for a stand alone book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Bought this because - Lee Child, right? A book about the question of why a word came to mean what it does is not going to set the world on fire no matter who wrote it - and frankly has very little entertainment value at all, I suppose it you're the sort of deep-thinker who enjoys spending a lot of time contemplating the mysteries of the universe this might be for you, As a busy adult looking for entertainment, this failed to engage me enough to even finish the 50-odd pages.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Anonymous 4 months ago
Not exactly what I expected. Gave me something to research. I'm not an Darwinian believer.
Anonymous 5 months ago
And thus, Reacher. A great read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This author, who makes comments about shooting our president obviously has NO clue what a hero really is.