Judith Schalansky was born in Greifswald in the former East Germany. She works as a freelance writer and book designer in Berlin.
She studied art history and communication design. Her international best-seller, Atlas of Remote Islands, won the Stiftung Buchkunst for ‘the most beautifully designed book of the year’. Her novel, The Giraffe’s Neck, in an English translation by Shaun Whiteside, won a special commendation of the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for the best translation from German in 2015. Both books have been translated into more than 20 languages.