Alon Hilu is an Israeli writer and playwright. He was born in 1972. His first book, Death of a Monk, is an historical novel which retells the story of the blood libel against the Damascus Jews which took place in 1840. It won the Israeli Presidential Prize for a debut novel in 2006 and the Israeli Prime Minister Prize in 2008. His second novel, The House of Rajani, set in 1895 Jaffa, was awarded the 2009 Sapir Prize. Alon Hilu lives with his family in Tel Aviv.