Ann Cleeves is the author of more than thirty-five critically acclaimed novels, translated into over 20 languages, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope, Jimmy Perez and Matthew Venn, who can be found on television in ITV’s Vera, BBC One’s Shetland and ITV's The Long Call respectively. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide.
Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. Ann also spends her time advocating for reading to improve health and wellbeing and supporting access to books. In 2021 her Reading for Wellbeing project launched withlocal authorities across the North East. Her latest book is The Raging Storm is the third in her Matthew Venn series. She lives in Northumberland where the Vera books are set and was awarded an OBE for services to Reading and Libraries in 2022.
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