Dorit Rabinyan (1972) was born in Israel into an Iranian-Jewish family. Her two novels, Persian Brides (Canongate, 1997) and Strand Of A Thousand Pearls (Random House, 2002) became international bestsellers and have been translated into 15 languages. In addition, Rabinyan wrote a children’s book and a script for Israeli commercial television, Shuli’s Fiancé, which won the Israeli Film Academy Award. She has been awarded the Yitzhak Vinner Prize (1996), The Jewish Wingate Quarterly Award (1999), the Prime Minister`s Prize (2000) and The Literary Acum Award (2009). Rabinian writes a weekly column for the Haaretz Literary Supplement. She lives in Tel Aviv.