I grew up on a Kibbutz in Israel, a socialist farming community on the banks of the river Jordan, near the Jordanian and Syrian borders. My family originates from Eastern Europe; my mother’s parents moved to Palestine in the 1920’s from Poland, and my father was a child refugee from Yugoslavia during World War 2.
At 18 I joined the Israeli Air Force for my compulsory military service: two years of toeing the line which didn’t come naturally to an aspiring radical hippie!
Three years later I married an Englishman and moved to England. I did a degree in Law and then trained as a primary school teacher. I have lived in England for nearly thirty years now – longer than I ever lived in Israel.
My novel, Night Swimming in the Jordan, to some extent mirrors the journey I have made.
I love swimming outdoors, particularly in the River Dart, near where I live.
Photograph of the Jordan Valley. Beyond the Sea of Galilee are the Golan Heights, Syrian land before 1967.Follow @yaaralahav