Juli Zeh was born 1974 in Bonn. She studied law from 1993 till 1998 in Passau and Leipzig. Even before the bar exam, she began studies at the Institute for German Literature in Leipzig, which she completed in 2000. In 2001 her first novel, Adler und Engel, was published by Schoeffling and CO. followed by Spieltrieb (2004) and, in 2007, Schilf. Additionally, Zeh has published children books, short stories and essays. For her work she was awarded the German Book Price 2002, Hölderlin Sponsorship Award 2003, Ernst Toller Award 2003, Per Olov Enquist Award 2005, Carl-Amery-Award 2009, Gerty-Spies-Award 2009, Solothurner Literature Award 2009, Thomas-Mann-Preis 2013, Hoffmann-von-Fallersleben-Award 2014, the Kulturgroschen des Deutschen Kulturrates 2015 and the Hildegard-von-Bingen-Award 2015. Following several residencies in foreign countries, she received a PhD in international law in 2010 at the University of Saarbrücken.