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Dreda Say Mitchell


Dreda Say Mitchell is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster, campaigner, journalist and motivational speaker who grew up on a housing estate in London’s East End.

She is the author of twelve novels, with her debut scooping The CWA’s John Creasey Dagger in 2005, the first time a Black British author has received this honour. She writes with her life partner, Tony.

Her first psychological thriller, Spare Room, was an international bestseller and her Gangland Girls series has sold over 150,000 copies. Dreda was named one of Britain’s 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek in association with Nokia.

She has been a World Book Night author and contributed to the multi-award winning ‘Books To Die For’. She is a frequent guest on television, including Front Row Late, BBC News Channel, The Review Show, Newsnight, Daybreak, Victoria Debryshire and Canada’s Sun News Live. She has presented Radio 4’s Open Book and reviews the newspaper headlines every Friday night on The Stephen Nolan Show, BBC Radio 5 Live. Dreda has appeared on Celebrity Pointless and Celebrity Eggheads.

She was the 2011 chair of the Harrogate Crime Fiction Festival, Europe’s biggest crime festival. Her commitment and passion for raising the life chances of working class children in education and her work in prisons and young offenders settings has been called inspirational and life changing.

She continues to live in the East End of London where she grew up.