Julia and Peter Sherwood

We are translators of literary fiction as well as film scripts, essays, journalism and academic texts. Between us we cover a range of Central and East European languages –                      Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak and Russian.



In the Name of the Father and The Equestrienne longlisted for the inaugural 2018 EBRD Literature Prize:

‘A series of short stories that explore the themes of identity and belonging and confront the meaning of reality. This is Central European existential angst at its best, perfectly captured by the Sherwoods’ outstanding translation from the Slovak.’  Peter Frankopan, EBRD judge on In the Name of the Father.

‘Uršul’a Kovalyk’s novel is a rainbow of images and insights that guides a young girl to a world after communism. The rainbow is broken; it broke my heart. Julia and Peter Sherwood’s flawless translation gives pace and fluidity to a read spiked with moments of astonishing audacity.’ Gabriel Gbadamosi, EBRD  judge on The Equestrienne.


‘Julia Sherwood, who works in collaboration with her husband Peter, has been almost singlehandedly responsible for the recent emergence of Slovak literature from near-total obscurity.’

(Charles Sabatos, Los Angeles Review of Books, 28 August 2017)


The Finno-Ugrian Vampire clearly will take its place alongside other present renditions of the vampire myth, including the novels of Anne Rice and the most recent Twilight series. Hopefully, readers will find their way to this eminently enjoyable novel, in the highly readable translation of Peter Sherwood.’
(Ottilie Mulzet, Hungarian Literature Online, 19 January 2013)

Samko Tále’s Cemetery Book by the Slovak writer Daniela Kapitáňová offers us, in a superb translation by Julia Sherwood, one of the strangest and most compelling voices I have come across in years. Muriel Spark meets Russell Hoban. An astonishing, dark and scabrous novel.
(William Boyd, Guardian Books of the Year, Christmas 2010)