Ann Cleeves, one of Britain’s most successful crime fiction novelists, is the author of two major British crime drama series: Vera and Shetland. In 2019, Cleeves’ novel The Seagull, set in her hometown of Whitley Bay, will feature in series 9 of Vera and explores police corruption rooted deep in the heart of a community, and features fragile, and fracturing, family relationships.
With over 5 million copies sold worldwide and 32 books published in 32 years, Cleeves’ bestselling and acclaimed Vera series is famously set in her home county, the wild and beautiful county of Northumberland – sweeping across the rural villages to the rugged coastline with its post-industrial backdrop.
In The Seagull, a visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption among other things and Vera played a part in his downfall. Vera knows Brace has links to the cold case she has unearthed and he takes delight in playing her; this takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as she discovers a connection in this case to Hector, her father.
Vera must confront her prejudices and unwanted memories to dig out the truth, as the past begins to collide dangerously with the present…
Ann’s latest bestseller is Wild Fire – the last novel in the Shetland series – and will be published in paperback February 2019 by Pan.
Sunday Times Top Five bestseller, Ann Cleeves, is 2017’s recipient of the Crime Writer’s Association Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. The award recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to the genre.
Cleeves has written 31 novels and is translated into as many languages. Before her writing career took off, Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard.
In 2015, Cleeves chaired Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, during which Vera was voted the UK’s favourite fictional detective.
Also in 2015, Thin Air, was nominated for the Scottish Crime Novel of the Year and Cleeves was shortlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers Dagger in the Library awards. In 2006, Cleeves’ novel, Raven Black, was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel, and in 2012, she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Frame.
As well as fiction Ann has written a non-fiction title about Shetland and, in November 2015, she hosted the inaugural Shetland Noir festival on the Shetland Islands.
Cleeves has two daughters, six grandchildren and lives in Northumberland.