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Sarit Yishai-Levi

Sarit Yishai-Levi, a journalist and author, was born in Jerusalem in 1947 to a Sephardic family that has lived in the city for seven generations. She studied at the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio and later at Tel Aviv University. Before turning to journalism, Yishai-Levi acted in theater and film for several years. Later, she was a correspondent for various Israeli newspapers and magazines, including At, Monitin, HaOlam HaZeh and Hadashot; she also hosted Hebrew TV and radio programs in Los Angeles. At present, she is a senior correspondent for Olam Ha’Isha magazine and hosts TV shows on tourism and lifestyle. Yishai-Levi has published four non-fiction books. Her first novel, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, a bestseller in Israel, received the Publishers Association's Gold, Platinum and Diamond Prizes for selling more than 100,000 books. She also recieved the Steimatzky Prize for best-selling book of the year (2014). 

Her second novel A Woman beyond the Sea was also a bestseller and recieved the Publishers Association's Gold and Platinum Prizes.

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem was also adapted into a TV series, which was sold to Netflix.


Sarit Yishai-Levi

Books Published in Hebrew

Strauss: The Story of a Family and of an Indastry (biography), Keter, 1997 [Shtraus: Sipur Shel Mishpacha Ve-Ta'asiya]
Guesthouses: North (travel), Modan, 2006; 2010 [Tzimerim: Tzafon]
Guesthouses: South and Center (travel), Modan, 2007 [Tzimerim: Darom, Merkaz]
The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem (novel) , Modan, 2013 [Malkat Ha-Yofi Shel Yerushalayim]
Little Mouse Macaroni and Baloney the Pony (children-picture bk) , Modan, 2014 [Achbaroni Makaroni Ve-Boni Ha-Pony]
A Woman Beyond the Sea (novel) , Modan, 2019 [Isha Me-Ever La-Yam]

Books in Translation

Italian: Rome, Sonzogno/RCS, 2015
Turkish: Istanbul, Koton, 2015
German: Berlin, Aufbau, 2016; pback, 2017

English: New York, St. Martin's Press, 2016

Russian: Moscow, Knizhniki, 2022 

French: Paris, Charlston/Ledoc, forthcoming

Romanian: Bucarest, Trei, forthcoming

Polish: Krakow, Znak, forthcoming

Lithuanian: Vilnius, Sofoklis, forthcoming

Hungarian: Budapest ,Kossuth, forthcoming

Spanish: Madrid, Maeva, forthcoming


German: Berlin, Aufbau, 2021

English: New York, Amazon Publishing, forthcoming

Strauss: The Story of a Family and of an Industry
English: Jerusalem, Keter, 1998

Guesthouses: North
Russian: Tel Aviv, Modan, 2010
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