Monday, 22 March 2010
On this day...
American thriller writer James Patterson was born in 1947. Up until 1996, Patterson's life was fairly non-descript, but it was at this time, at the age of 49, that Patterson retired from his advertising career to concentrate on writing. Since then, Patterson's literary career has simply exploded. Having sold over 170 million copies worldwide, Patterson holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author, 46, which is also a Guinness World Record.
Such accolades are partly due to his profligacy - he has written 65 novels in his 33 year career - and his most famous works include the 'Alex Cross' and 'Women's Murder Club' series. Patterson has also contributed to literature on a wider scale. He has founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, to personal cost of over $850,000, to reward 'people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading'. He has also set up 'readkiddoread.com' to help parents and children find the best books to read.