M W Craven


M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle. He joined the army at sixteen, leaving ten years later to complete a social work degree. Seventeen years after taking up a probation officer role in Cumbria, at the rank of assistant chief officer, he became a full-time author. The Puppet Show, the first in a two-book deal he signed with the Little, Brown imprint, Constable in 2017, was released June 2018. The Puppet Show has been optioned for TV by Studio Lambert, creators of the award-winning 'Three Girls', and has been translated into numerous languages.




Publications & Performance History

Books Assume Nothing, Believe Nobody, Challenge Everything - March 2015 Born in a Burial Gown - June 2015 Body Breaker - May 2017 The Puppet Show (Washington Poe 1) - June 2018 Black Summer (Washington Poe 2) - June 2019 TV Consultant on the TV production of the Washington Poe series (currently in development).

Workshop & Reading Experience

Panels such as CrimeFest, Bradford Lit, Morecambe & Vice, Wigtown Mystery Weekend and Borderlines, including chairing panels. Solo library, bookshop and bookclub events. Interviewed authors at launches and been interviewed at my own.


Beth Wright - Little, Brown (publicist) beth.wright@littlebrown.co.uk Others available on request.

Group size preference

20 minimum

Group age preference

No preference but books are for adults

Working languages


Area prepared to travel

Lancashire, Cumbria, Northumberland, North Yorkshire. Other areas by negotiation.

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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