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Bestselling Author Lee Child’s Career ‘Floors’ it from the Very Beginning

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About five years before he wrote his first novel, Killing Floor, Lee Child began to think seriously about writing. At the time he worked as a presentation director for Granada Television in Manchester, England—an “air traffic controller for the broadcast airways” is how he describes it. He did a little bit of everything, from writing and directing to, of course, traffic management—anything, he says, to avoid the dreaded black screen. It was part of British television’s golden age. During his tenure Granada produced “Brideshead Revisited,” “The Jewel in the Crown,” “Prime Suspect” and “Cracker.” But still there was a sense at the company that things were changing as management was pondering a corporate restructuring. So in the back of his…

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