Author Lee Child, who is behind the best-selling Jack Reacher series, has won the novel of the year award at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. Child has sold 50 million books around the world and Tom Cruise is to play Reacher in a major Hollywood film. Speaking after the ceremony, he hit out at "snobbery" surrounding crime novels. "The literary writers are seeing lots of people reading us and relatively few people reading them, and they're cross about it," Child told BBC News. Real name Jim Grant, he has written 16 books about the former military policeman who roams the US, combating crime rings and conspiracies. The author, who started writing after being fired from his job.BBC