Margaret Elisabeth Jull Costa has translated the works of many Spanish and Portuguese writers. In 2014, she was awarded an OBE for services to literature.

Her award-winning translations include The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, The Word Tree by Teolinda Gersão and A Heart So White by Javier Marías, as well as All the Names and The Elephant’s Journey, both by José Saramago. In 2015, she won the Marsh Children’s Fiction in Translation Award for The Adventures of Shola by Bernardo Atxaga, and in 2017, with her co-translator Robin Patterson, she won the Best Translated Book Award for Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lúcio Cardoso.