Historical detective novelist Anne Perry was born in London in 1938, the daughter of an English physicist. She was born Juliet Marion Hulme, and as sickly child she lived in the Bamamas, South Africa and New Zealand in the hope that the warmer climate would improve her health.
In 1954 Juliet Hulme and her friend Pauline Parker were convicted of the murder of Parker’s mother, Honora Rieper, and she was imprisoned for five years.
In her twenties Hulme moved to California and then to England, and took the name Anne Perry, after her stepfather. She started writing her first novels after a suggestion from her stepfather, and funded her work through a number of jobs including air stewardess, ship and shore stewardess and insurance underwriter. Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under the name Anne Perry in 1979, about the same time that she moved to Portmahomack near Inverness.
Perry has since written over sixty historical crime books, many featuring her characters Inspector Thomas Pitt or private investigator William Monk. Her short story Heroes, set during first world war, won an Edgar award in 2000. Her most recent novels are Betrayal at Lisson Grove and Acceptable Loss.