Brought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Greek Cypriot refugees. She completed a degree in English and a Masters in creative writing at Brunel University. She taught English to foreign students and then became a secondary school teacher before leaving to pursue a PhD and to write. She is currently a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University, and is studying to become a psychotherapist. Christy Lefteri has written 3 novels of which her second novel, Beekeeper of Aleppo, has been translated into several languages and has become a worldwide bestseller. Beekeeper of Aleppo was the winner of the prestigious 2020 Aspen Word Award. Her most recent novel Songbirds, has been on the highly anticipated list for most readers around the world. For Christy, research and the residue of real life experiences are key elements to her writing process.