Ashraf El-Ashmawi is an Egyptian author, judge, and legal scholar. He worked in the public prosecutor’s office for many years and served in the Egyptian court of appeals. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and online publications, writing about crime prevention and other social and political issues.
He has written eight novels which have been critically received. In 2013 he was long listed for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his novel Toya, in 2014 he won best novel at the Cairo International Book Fair for Barman, and in 2019 he again won best novel at the Bahrain Cultural Forum for Sheepdogs.
His books have been translated into French, German, Japanese, Italian, and other languages, and The Lady of Zamalek is his first novel to be translated into English.
Peter Daniel, a long-term resident of Egypt, has worked as a teacher of Arabic as a foreign language and an Arabic-to-English translator for many years.