John Grisham wins Harper Lee Prize
4th August 2011
The 2011 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction has been won by John Grisham for his latest title, The Confession.
The international bestseller becomes the first winner of the award, which was launched to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird and is co-sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law, which Lee attended.
A judging panel including David Baldacci, Linda Fairstein, Morris Dees and Robert J. Grey chose the winner of the inaugural award, which will now be given annually to a published work of fiction that best exemplifies the 'positive role of lawyers in society' and their power to effect change.
'In the committee's view, The Confession, which explores an attorney's tireless efforts to save his client from being executed for a crime he did not commit, most-deservedly embodies the spirit of the Harper Lee Prize,' the judges said.
Grisham practised law for over a decade before publishing his first novel, A Time to Kill, in 1989. He has gone on to sell over 250 million copies worldwide.