Clio Gray was born in Yorkshire, and, after a childhood spent first in Saltburn-by-the-Sea and then Devon, she went to London to study philosophy, then Leeds, where she completed a degree in the History of Art. Finally she took a Post Grad Dip Lib, and went into the public library service, where she remains now, after upping sticks to settle in the Highlands of Scotland.
In 2004, she won the Harry Bowling First Novel Award in 2004 and this led to the successful ‘Stroop’ series of crime novels set in the Napoleonic Wars and published by Headline.
She also won the Scotsman / Orange Award in 2006 for her short story: I Should Have Listened Harder and has maintained a keen interest in short stories ever since, both as a writer and as the founder of HISSAC: the Highlands and Islands Short Story Association. HISSAC organises an annual open short story competition and she is its Chair of Judges.
The Anatomist’s Dream is her first full-length literary novel.