Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1969, Carol Ann Lee graduated from university in Manchester with a BA (Hons) degree in the History of Art and Design. Her first book was published three years later: 'Roses From The Earth: The Biography of Anne Frank' was the fulfilment of a childhood dream to write about Anne Frank. The Mail on Sunday described the book as "vivid and shattering. A work of real sympathy and imagination" and the Sunday Telegraph: "Excellent... serious, sensitive and scrupulous." 'Roses From The Earth' has been published in 15 countries to date.
This was followed by a biography of Anne's father, 'The Hidden Life of Otto Frank', a Guardian Book of the Week which was described by Reader's Digest as "a tour-de-force of history and humanity." The book has been the subject of several documentaries, and following her ground-breaking research into the family's betrayal, the Dutch government re-opened the case. Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, states: "Of the many authors, writers and historians who have written about Anne Frank and her father Otto, Carol Ann Lee is the most knowledgeable and sets new scholarly standards... There is nobody who has done more acute and focused research on the subject..." Carol also co-wrote 'A Friend Called Anne' with Anne's best friend Jacqueline van Maarsen and has written extensively on the Holocaust for children.
After living in Amsterdam for several years, in 2005 Carol returned to the UK, settling in York with her son. She turned to fiction writing: 'Come Back to Me', which was published in Holland, and 'The Winter of the World', a novel of the Great War which opens with the funeral of the Unknown Warrior and then takes us back to the trenches. 'The Winter of the World' was published in three languages and was a critical and commercial success in France especially, where it was nominated for two major awards.
In 2010, Carol returned to writing non-fiction with 'One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley', the definitive study not only of Hindley, but also of the Moors Murders case. Carol interviewed a wide cross-section of those involved, from the victims' families to the policemen who worked on the case originally, as well as many of Hindley's supporters. 'One of Your Own' was both a Times and an Independent Book of the Week and was featured on Radio 4. The Mail on Sunday awarded it a five star review, calling it "scrupulously researched and clear-sighted, the most accurate account so far"; The Sunday Times described it as "scrupulously unsensational and as good a biography of Hindley as we're likely to get."
During her research for 'One of Your Own', Carol met David Smith, which led to collaboration on the book 'Witness', in which David told his full story for the first time. In April 2012 'Witness' was republished as 'Evil Relations', just weeks before David died of cancer. The book was nominated for the CWA Dagger Award for Non-Fiction.
In September 2012, Mainstream published 'A Fine Day for a Hanging.' Screenwriter Laurence Marks said of the opening chapter: "Worthy of Truman Capote... the finest account of awaiting execution that I have ever read." The book was again nominated for the CWA Dagger Award for Non-Fiction.
Carol's latest book, 'The Murders at White House Farm', a study of the Jeremy Bamber case, was published by Sidgwick & Jackson in July 2015; the paperback edition was issued in April 2016. That same month, her biography of Ruth Ellis was optioned for television.
Carol doesn't have a personal website, blog or Twitter page, but she runs the 'Searching for Keith' website alongside Alan Bennett, brother of the last missing victim of Brady and Hindley. Please visit www.searchingforkeith.com for further details. You can also contact Carol via the forum.
A message from Carol Ann Lee: "Very many sincere and heartfelt thanks to every reader who has taken the time and trouble to leave such positive reviews of my books on Amazon. I do read them all, and am grateful to every single person who has contributed. I hope you will continue to read my books and leave (hopefully positive!) feedback. If ever an author tells you they don't read their reviews... don't trust them! When reviews are good, they light up your day, and even the less appreciative reviews often contain advice worth listening to, so thank you again to everyone who has left comments here."
Carol is currently researching a new non-fiction book.