Julietta Harvey was born and educated in Thessaloniki, Greece. She came to England on a British Council Scholarship and took her PhD at Cambridge, where she was elected to a Fellowship at Clare Hall. She has published on Seventeenth Century English literature and on Greek contemporary fiction. She is an Associate of Clare Hall, and is married to novelist and critic John Harvey. Her first novel, Familiar Wars, was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the Angel Literary Award, and the PEN Macmillan Prize. Familiar Wars is a story of refugees, Greeks expelled from Asia Minor arriving in northern Greece in 1922. It tells, over two generations, a history of displacement and energetic survival. It portrays the intimate penetration of war into the metabolism of a family, shaping an individual imagination.
One Third of Paradise, Julietta Harvey’s second novel, is a sequel to Familiar Wars. It was shortlisted for the London Hellenic Prize 2016, whose judges found in it ‘the weight and resonance of the great tragic tradition, from the Greeks to Shakespeare’. Farm Lane Books predicted that it would be long-listed for the Booker Prize, and it was included in the long list for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize.