Say Mitchell, Dreda


Dreda Say Mitchell, alongside her husband Ryan Carter, has published thirteen novels, including Spare Room, their first psychological thriller which became a #1 UK and US Amazon bestseller.

As well as crime and mystery novels, Dreda has written and performed a specially commissioned monologue on the ground-breaking Art 50 on Sky Arts, appeared on television – including BBC Breakfast, Sunday Morning Live, Newsnight and The Review Show, as well as celebrity Pointless and celebrity Eggheads. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s flagship books programme, Open Book, and been a guest on numerous radio programmes. She has written for newspapers, including the Guardian, and was thrilled to be named one of Britain’s 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek in association with Nokia.

Alongside her husband Ryan Carter, Dreda has published thirteen novels, including the bestselling psychological thriller Spare Room, translated into 14 languages, with over 125,000 copies sold and film rights sold to a US studio.

Dreda’s parents are from the beautiful Caribbean Island of Grenada. In 2004, she scooped the CWA’s John Creasey Dagger Award for best first-time crime novel, the first time a Black British author had been awarded this honour. She is a passionate campaigner and speaker on social issues and the arts and is a trustee of the Royal Literary Fund and an ambassador for The Reading Agency. Her Majesty the Queen awarded Dreda an MBE on her New Year’s Honours’ List, 2020.