Miranda Carter

Miranda Carter (born 1965) is an English historian, writer and biographer who also publishes fiction under the name MJ Carter.[1][2]

Miranda Carter
EducationSt Paul's Girls' School
Alma materOxford University


Carter was educated at St Paul's Girls School and Exeter College, Oxford.[3]


Carter's first book was a biography of the art historian and spy Anthony Blunt, entitled Anthony Blunt: His Lives. It won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the Orwell Prize and was short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction, the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for Best Biography, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In the US it was chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the seven best books of 2002.

Her second historical undertaking was The Three Emperors, which was a group biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tsar Nicholas II and King George V, all world leaders during the First World War.

Carter also has written several novels, notably The Strangler Vine and its sequel The Infidel Stain, which was later republished as The Printer's Coffin. Her third mystery is entitled The Devil's Feast. All three are Victorian detective and mystery stories.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Carter is married to John Lanchester, with whom she has two children, and lives in London.[4]


  • 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Biography), The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One, shortlist[3]
  • 2002 Whitbread Biography Award, Anthony Blunt: His Lives, shortlist
  • 2002 The Royal Society of Literature Award, Anthony Blunt: His Lives
  • 2002 Orwell Prize, Anthony Blunt: His Lives
  • 2002 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for biography), Anthony Blunt: His Lives, shortlist
  • 2002 Duff Cooper Prize, Anthony Blunt: His Lives, shortlist
  • 2002 Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger for Non-Fiction, Anthony Blunt: His Lives, shortlist
  • 2001 Guardian First Book Award, Anthony Blunt: His Lives, shortlist


  • Anthony Blunt: His Lives. London, Macmillan. 2001. ISBN 0-330-36766-8
  • The Three Emperors: Three cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One. London, Penguin. 2009. ISBN 978-0-670-91556-9

Avery & Blake SeriesEdit


Two-part interview conducted by Henk de Berg (2018).

- part I: on Anthony Blunt

- part II: on the Blake and Avery series


  1. ^ Stephanie Merritt (26 January 2014). "MJ Carter on historical fiction: 'It was brilliant to make stuff up!'". The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b Jake Kerridge, "The Infidel Stain by MJ Carter, review: 'subtle'", The Telegraph, 23 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Miranda Carter". British Council (Literature). Archived from the original on 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015-02-10.
  4. ^ "What his mother never told him". The Telegraph. 18 March 2007.

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