Peter Benchley was born in New York City in 1940 and was the son of novelist Nathaniel Benchley and grandson of humorist Robert Benchley. He worked as a reporter for the Washington Post, as associate editor of Newsweek and as a speech-writer for the late President Johnson. His stories and articles appeared in numerous magazine including the New Yorker and National Geographic. "
"Jaws was his first novel, his previous two books being a story for children and a book based on his trip round the world. Peter Benchley died in 2006.
We took a trip into the Pan paperback archive to take a look at the different covers for the classic thriller.
Tales of espionage, mystery and one very big monster.
Our pick of some of the greatest book-to-movie adaptations of all time, all of which live up to, and in a few rare cases even surpass, their source material.