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John Grisham

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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigatio

This time it’s a different kind of court

I missed last year’s NCAA playoffs so much that I channeled my energies into writing SOOLEY, my first shot at basketball fiction, which is now on sale.

I hope you enjoy it.

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John Grisham added a status update: Hi Goodreads Fans:

I apologize for not spending more time here on Goodreads, but I do want you to know that I very much appreciate your interest in my work.

And with that In mind, I'd like to announce my new legal thriller, THE GUARDIANS, which Doubleday will publish on October 15, 2019. Hope you pick up a copy, and I very much hope you enjoy the read!

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message 31: by Jillian

Jillian Thank you for accepting my friend request. Been a fan since high school.

message 30: by Ann

Ann Depres Thanks for accepting my friend request. I am a huge fan, and avid reader of your books. Happy Independence Day!

message 29: by Donna

Donna John, I wish to thank you for accepting my friend request.
You are a wonderful writer of many books and I admire your talent.
I am an avid reader and love most books such as yours.
You are a favorite author

message 28: by Lesle (last edited Sep 23, 2017 02:57PM)

Lesle Thank you John for accepting friend request!
I own and have read most all of the 25 hardcovers that are listed on my bookshelf. I adore your writing skills! I can NOT name one favorite, I have so many!

Take care from Ohio 😍

message 27: by K.S.

K.S. Lewis Thank you for accepting my request of friendship. I have been a long-time reader, and my mother is who actually got me interested in your novels, beginning with The Firm, of which is one of my favorite books along with Runaway Jury. Much love from the South in North Alabama!

message 26: by Abigail

Abigail Mitchell Can't wait to read your books! You are my fiance's favorite author! :)

Blossom 121486 Just finished Rogue Lawyer. Love Sebastian Rudd! I hope you bring him back.

message 24: by Jimmy

Jimmy Thank You John, I appreciate your friendship.

message 23: by Manasa

Manasa Thank you so much for accepting my request !!
It means a lot :))

message 22: by Steve

Steve Coleman I am a great fan of your fiction!

Elizabeth Thank you John! I feel honored to be your friend. I have read and listened to your books and felt compelled to make sure my friends and family got to read them! Have seen the ones that were made into movies numerous times! Keep them coming!

Thanks for entertaining us. Look forward to "Gray Mountain"

Elizabeth Perry

Alexandra Alexyna Comming from an exam in university and seeing that i am in ur frenship list was the best thing that ever happend to me . I know everibody say that he is the bigest fan but beeing a law student and reading ur books how can i say it . The rainmaker i think i read it 10 times seeing my self after i will graduate

message 19: by Abhishek (last edited Sep 09, 2014 02:54PM)

Abhishek Tewari You are the king of dialogues! Thank you most kindly for accepting the request, Mr. Grisham.

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Sally Chambers Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, John!

Rita Carla Monticelli Thanks for accepting my friend request! ;)

Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell Thanks for shooting me a friend request!

I loved The Runaway Jury! :D

message 15: by Lola

Lola I also say thank you for accepting my friend request!! I am a big fan and I love your books! all the best and kind regards from Austria!

message 14: by DS

DS Thank you for accepting my friendship Mr Grisham.

message 13: by Sruti

Sruti Thank you for accepting my request :)

message 12: by Paul

Paul Thanks for accepting me John,I love all your books

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Davee Jones Thank you for the connection. I appreciate you.

message 10: by Bonnie

Bonnie Thank you SO much for accepting my friend request. I am a fan!

Jonathan Thank you for accepting my friend request, Mr. Grisham! I admire your work as a writer, and your books always provide a break from routine, and leave the reader with a smile of contentment. I might add that I identify with what appear to be your abolitionist views, and hope more novelists touched upon the controversial issue of death penalty in such a way. Keep up with the good work!


Rosella Weigand THANK YOU for approving me as a friend, John! I wholeheartedly appreciate it. Your kind gesture made my day. :-)

message 7: by Heather (last edited Jan 25, 2013 08:01PM)

Heather Fields THank you, I must say that i really love your books. I have recently added a new book shelf in my Library. Thank you for such fasinating stories, that keep me up all night. My English professor, not so much :)

Bentley Thanks I am truly honored. Thank you.
I have all your books, well missing one of the Theodore Boone..will get it soon. All first edition first print hardcovers. My most treasured collection. Hope to give them to my daughter one day. Thanks for making the long trips across the Pacific bearable and the many nights filled with great excitement and unforgettable characters.

Your Palauan friend
Bentley Techur.

Saurav Oh! Thanks!!! John Grisham is my friend! Wow!!! :D

Oche-Malik Thanks for accepting my friend request. Your writing is the best

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Dani Thanks for adding me to your friends list. I meet you years ago on a high school field trip. I grew up in Horn Lake, MS. I have been a fan of yours since that school field trip. Love all your books.

Michaelangelo Barnez I'm in your friends list... it's a great honor.
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