Author and leading journalist Ahdaf Soueif was born in Cairo. She wrote the bestselling novel The Map of Love, shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize.
Other novels include Aisha, Sandpiper, and In the Eye of the Sun. Her collection of cultural and political essays, Mezzaterra, was published in 2004, as was her translation of I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti. She has been awarded the Blue Metropolis Literary Prize (in Montreal) and the Constantin Cavafis Award (in Cairo and Athens), and is also the founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, PalFest, for which she was awarded the Hay Medal for Festivals in 2017.