Miranda Carter

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Miranda Carter
Language English
Nationality British
Education St Paul's Girls' School
Alma mater Oxford University

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


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 Biography prize 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 has also written several novels, notably The Strangler Vine and its sequel The Infidel Stain, which are Victorian detective stories.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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[5]
  • 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



  1. ^ "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 Apr 2015.
  3. ^ "Miranda Carter". British Council (Literature). 
  4. ^ "What his mother never told him". The Telegraph. 
  5. ^ "Miranda Carter". British Council (Literature). 

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