Ann Cleeves

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Ann is the author of the books behind ITV's VERA, now in it's third series, and the BBC's SHETLAND, which will be aired in December 2012. Ann's DI Vera Stanhope series of books is set in Northumberland and features the well loved detective along with her partner Joe Ashworth. Ann's Shetland series bring us DI Jimmy Perez, investigating in the mysterious, dark, and beautiful Shetland Islands...


Ann grew up in the country, first in Herefordshire, then in North Devon. Her father was a village school teacher. After dropping out of university she took a number of temporary jobs - child care officer, women's refuge leader, bird observatory cook, auxiliary coastguard - before going back to college and training to be a probation officer.

While she
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Catching up once more

I apologise for the long gap since my last diary entry. Despite my web mistress's attempts to persuade me to bring it up to date, I keep forgetting to write. But I'm still here, still working and still travelling. So here's a brief summary of what's happened since the last entry.


May took me to Shetland for the wedding of two close friends. They were married on the beach at St Ninian's, despite... Read more of this blog post »
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“We don't often notice the people who look after us, do we? Though we'd miss them if they weren't there”
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