Julia Sherwood grew up in Bratislava, then Czechoslovakia. In the late 1970s she moved to West Germany; after graduating from Munich University she settled in London where she worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International for over twenty years, focusing mainly on the development of local branches of Amnesty in Eastern and Central Europe. She later helped build advocacy capacity of staff working in local programmes of Save the Children UK in a range of countries including China, Ethiopia, Pakistan and former Yugoslavia. Currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina working as a free-lance translator, Julia has recently translated, from the Slovak, Daniela Kapitáňová Samko Tále’s Cemetery Book
(Queen Mary, University of London), a novel chosen by William Boyd in the Guardian
as one of his books of the year.