Marilyn Booth was born in Boston, USA. She translated the 2019 International Booker Prize-winning novel Celestial Bodies from Arabic.
She holds the Khalid bin Abdallah Al Saud Chair for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, Oriental Institute and Magdalen College, Oxford. In addition to academic publications, she has translated many works of fiction from Arabic, including The Penguin’s Song and No Road to Paradise, both by Lebanese novelist Hassan Daoud. She lives in Oxford.