Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV’s VERA and BBC One’s SHETLAND. She has written over twenty-five novels, and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez – characters loved both on screen and in print. Her books have now sold over 1 million copies 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. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel, for Raven Black, the first book in her Shetland series. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. Ann lives in North Tyneside.
To celebrate the return of Vera to ITV, starring Brenda Blethyn as Vera Stanhope, here are our favourite things about Ann Cleeves’ unconventional detective.
On impulse Vera took herself off to Holy Island. She had a sudden craving for crab sandwiches and a blast of sea air. Of course she hadn’t stopped to check tide times, but arrived at Beal just in time. Hector’s Land Rover made it across the causeway as the water was blowing in and the...
When we set ourselves the task of compiling a list of the best Scottish crime books we hadn't quite realised how much of a challenge it would be. Should they be exclusively by Scottish authors? Must they be set entirely in Scotland? And when it comes to series, how do you pick just one? We se...
The new series of Shetland, based on Ann Cleeves' award-winning Shetland novels, starts Friday 15 January 2015 on BBC1. Watch the trailer now.
We sat down with sat down with BBC1's Shetland star, Douglas Henshall, to find out what he likes the most about playing Jimmy Perez.
Win the chance to attend an exclusive screening of ITV's adaptation of Ann Cleeves' latest novel, The Moth Catcher and meet the cast and crew of ITV's Vera as well as bestselling author, Ann Cleeves.
This Saturday is National Libraries Day, an annual celebration that aims to highlight the importance of libraries. To inspire you to visit your local library this weekend, we’ve collected quotes from some of our favourite writers on why they deserve your support.
Ann Cleeves is the author behind BBC One’s Shetland and ITV’s Vera. As the curator of crime festival Shetland Noir, taking place on 13 – 15 November, Ann tells us what she's looking forward to.
Love Vera? Why not try the books that inspired the ITV detective drama, Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series. Here’s the whole series in order. Best of all you can start reading the lot of them right now.
@AnnCleeves - 5 hours ago
RT @LoriRaderDay: Having a good writerly day, e-talking with @SaraParetsky, @AnnCleeves, @Dana_Kaye, and the awesome people from @MWAMidwes…
@AnnCleeves - 10 hours ago
RT @ebbandflobooks: #Chorley library has added extra seats for tonight's @AnnCleeves event. If you didn't get a ticket, there are a few ti…
@TimPlantagenet Thanks Tim!
@AnnCleeves - 11 hours ago
RT @panmacmillan: With this Sunday's #Vera based on new book The Moth Catcher, @AnnCleeves spoke to us about seeing her work adapted: https…
@AnnCleeves - 14 hours ago
Just heading off to Preston Prison, then to Chorley Library and @ebbandflobooks . The last day of the NW tour.
anncleeves - 12 hours ago
Read my take on this Sunday’s episode of VERA, which is the adaptation of my latest novel – The Moth Catcher
anncleeves - yesterday
I was on BBC 5 Live last night chatting about Vera, Shetland, Quick Reads, and libraries with the lovely Phil Williams. If you missed it, you can listen again here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03j2qcr
anncleeves - 7 days ago
I have a new book out today! It's the launch of this year's Quick Reads bite size stories and I am so happy and honoured to be one of the six authors for 2016.
Too Good to Be True - a Jimmy Perez story - is shorter and easier to tackle in order to help adults rediscover the pleasure of reading.
Did you know that one in three adults in the UK don’t read for pleasure? Let's share our love of books and reading and change this. They only cost £1. Stocked in all bookshops and libraries.
anncleeves - 14 days ago
Vera is back!
Honoured to be this year's Ambassador for National Libraries Day. Get down to your local library on Saturday 6th February and treasure these magical places. Without libraries I wouldn't be a writer.
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