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Calico Joe - John Grisham

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Published: 3rd January 2013
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An unforgettable novel about childhood, family, conflict and guilt, and how a lifetime of tragedy might finally be forgiven.

Thirty years have passed since eleven-year-old Paul Tracy watched his troubled father, Warren, a pitcher for the New York Mets, clash with his childhood hero, the Cubs' golden-boy Joe Castle, in a contest from which no winners emerged.

Now the news that his father is dying brings the memory of that day flooding back. Deciding that it's time to face up to what really happened on that baseball field in 1973, father and son make their way to Calico Rock, Arkansas, where either redemption or rejection awaits them.

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-five novels, one work of non-fiction, one collection of short stories, and three novels for young readers. His works are translated into thirty-eight languages and nine of his novels have been adapted into successful films, including The Client, The Firm and The Pelican Brief. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Praise for CALICO JOE: 'There is much to admire here, from the flinty depiction of the father-son relationship to the vivid sporting action' John Dugdale, Sunday Times Culture 'Calico Joe is a typical virtuoso display of Grisham's natural story-telling skills. A superbly written book' Sunday Express 'An enjoyable, heartwarming read that's not just for baseball fans' USA Today

John Grisham

One day at the Dessoto County courthouse, John Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career - and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (2006) marked his first foray into non-fiction.

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ISBN: 9781444744668
ISBN-10: 1444744666
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 3rd January 2013
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1