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John Grisham working on series for younger audience

14th June 2010

Bestselling author John Grisham is following his most recent book with a whole series of novels aimed at younger readers, he has revealed.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Daily Telegraph, the writer claimed that new book Theodore Boone is an attempt to step away from gritty courtroom thrillers such as The Runaway Jury and capture the attention of a younger audience.

Grisham said the book, which follows the adventures of a 13-year-old aspiring lawyer, will be the first in a string of similar works and joked that he is attempting to emulate the success of J.K. Rowling.

'Theodore is really an effort to catch Harry Potter. Back in the 1990s I was routinely introduced as the bestselling author in the world. I tried to pretend like it was no big deal. Then along came Harry Potter and suddenly I was number two,' the 55-year-old explained.

During the event, the author also revealed that A Time To Kill is his favourite of his 24 novels, as it is the only one he has written without a deadline and is based on events from his own life.

In a previous interview with the Daily Telegraph, Grisham said that he is moving towards fiction for young people to educate them about law and inspire some readers to follow a legal career.

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