Ann Cleeves is an English crime-writer. She studied English at Sussex University but dropped out. She then took up various jobs including cook, auxiliary coastguard, probation officer, library outreach worker and child care officer. She lives in Whitley Bay, and is married with two daughters.
Ms Cleeves' Vera Stanhope novels have been dramatized as the TV detective series Vera and Jimmy Perez novels as Shetland; Brenda Blethyn plays the principal character, Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, and Douglas Henshall, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez.
In 2006 Ms Cleeves' won the inaugural Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the richest crime-writing prize in the world, for her novel Raven Black. In 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Sunderland. In 2015, Ms Cleeves was the Programming Chair for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival & the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Also in 2015, she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library UK Crime Writers' Association award for an author's body of work in British libraries (UK).
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