James Patterson is the best-selling thriller writer in the world today and in total, James’s books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide. He also holds

the New York Times record for the most hardcover fiction bestselling books by any writer.

A multi award-winning author, James is the creator of the top-selling detective series Alex Cross – whose adventures have been adapted for the big screen three times. He is also the creator of Women’s Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted and he has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track.

James’s novels have won several awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award and the Reader’s Digest Reader’s Choice Award.

In January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James on its cover and hailed him as having ‘transformed book publishing’. He started writing for young adults in 2005 and since then his series for kids – which include Maximum Ride and Middle School – have skyrocketed, spending more than 220 weeks on US bestseller lists. Time magazine named him ‘the man who can’t miss’ and he is the 2010 Children’s Choice Book Awards ‘Author of the Year’, a designation decided on by more than 15,000 children and teen readers.

From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading and a Founding Partner of Booktrust’s Children’s Reading Fund in the UK.