Brought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. Her novel, The Beekeeper of Aleppo, is an international bestseller, selling well over a million copies worldwide and published in over 40 countries. The Beekeeper of Aleppo won The Aspen Literary Prize, runner up for The Dayton Literary Prize and won the Prix de l'Union Interalliée for Best Foreign novel in France. It is currently being performed as a play, adapted by Nesrin Alrefaai, and Matthew Spangler for The Nottingham Playhouse, and touring the UK. Songbirds, her follow up novel, was a Sunday Times and international bestseller.