Zeruya Shalev, cousin of the author Meir Shalev, is a bestselling Israeli author. She has an MA in Bible studies and works as a literary editor at Keshet publishing house. Shalev has published five novels, a book of poetry and a children's book. Her novels have been translated into 21 languages and were bestsellers in several countries.
Shalev was awarded with the Book Publishers' Association's Gold and Platinum Prizes, the German Corine Literature Prize (2001), as well as the French Amphi Award, and the ACUM prize three times (1997, 2003, 2005). Her novel Husband and Wife was nominated for the French Femina prize (2002), and is included in the French Fnac list of the 200 Best Books of the Decade.
In 2012, Shalev was awarded the Welt Literaturpreis by the German newspaper Die Welt for her body of work, acclaiming her great magical language.,