Isabella Hammad was born in London, and she obtained her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from Oxford University. In 2012 she was awarded a Kennedy Scholarship to Harvard GSAS, and in 2013 she received the Harper Wood Creative Writing Studentship from Cambridge University. During her MFA in Fiction at New York University she was a Stein Fellow, and she was the 2016-2017 Axinn Foundation NYU Writer-in-Residence. Her writing has been published in Conjunctions 66: Affinity (2016) and The Paris Review. She won the 2018 Plimpton Prize for Fiction, and a 2019 O. Henry Prize. Her first novel, The Parisian, was published in 2019 and picked as one of the Observer's 'hotly tipped' debuts of 2019. She is a National Book Awards '5 under 35' Honoree.