|Education||St Paul's Girls' School|
|Alma mater||Oxford University|
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.
- 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Biography), The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One, shortlist
- 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 Series
- The Strangler Vine. London, Fig Tree. 2014. ISBN 978-0-241-14622-4
- The Infidel Stain. London, Fig Tree. 2015. ISBN 978-0-241-14625-5
- The Devil's Feast. London, Fig Tree. 2016. ISBN 978-0-241-14636-1
Two-part interview conducted by Henk de Berg (2018).
- Stephanie Merritt (26 January 2014). "MJ Carter on historical fiction: 'It was brilliant to make stuff up!'". The Guardian.
- Jake Kerridge, "The Infidel Stain by MJ Carter, review: 'subtle'", The Telegraph, 23 April 2015.
- "Miranda Carter". British Council (Literature).
- "What his mother never told him". The Telegraph. 18 March 2007.
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