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.
Join a host of brilliant fiction authors, including Ann Cleeves and Lucy Diamond, for a three-day festival across the north east of England in the run up to World Book Night.
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...
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.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve selected a few of our favourite female detectives both in print and on television.
To celebrate the return of Vera to ITV, starring Brenda Blethyn as Vera Stanhope, here are our favourite things about Ann Cleeves’ unconventional detective.
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.
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