Ilil Arbel is the author of a number of fiction and non-fiction books, including biographies, memoirs, novels, mythology/folklore, and metaphysics. Her short stories and folktales have been published by Encyclopedia Mythica, Shorts, and Mountain Muse. She has contributed numerous articles on the subjects of natural history, personal histories, biography, health, education, social commentaries, and Judaic myths.

Ilil has a Ph.D. in the field of mythology and folklore. She has lived and studied in Tel Aviv, Paris, and New York, and currently resides in Manhattan.


Authors Guild
Biographers International Organization (BIO)
American Society of Indexers (ASI)
Angela Thirkell Society of North America




Madame Koska’s First Adventure!

Here she is, the elusive, enigmatic, undefeatable Madame Koska, who can solve a crime and run an establishment of magnificent haute couture with equal success. Who is she? What is her first name? Who was M. Koska? Where did she learn her trade? It must be Paris but she has a Russian name… where does she get her lovely mannequins? Does she smoke a cigarette stuck in a long ebony cigarette holder?


Review Comments:
With verve and skill, Ilil Arbel has envisioned Madame Koska in just the way our beloved Mrs. Morland would have done: astute, charming — and just a bit mysterious. A perfect period puzzler, “Madame Koska and the Imperial Brooch” is clever, concise, occasionally comical — and a worthy addition to the Thirkell canon.
Jay Strafford, books editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and a longtime ATS member.
Agatha Christie reborn. A veritable tour de force of the twenties’ London fashion scene with our heroine the Madame (if one may use the word in this sense) of an up and coming atelier. We meet Russian émigrés down on their luck and have a stolen brooch being sought by the thieves who hid it too well. Ilil Arbel has adopted the mantle of the Grande Dame of this age and produced a stunning book full of fun and the obligatory twisted ending. Don’t miss it!
Lord David Prosser, author of the Barsetshire Diaries
“The multi-talented Ilil Arbel has struck literary gold again. Her imaginative, humorous novel re-invents the period mystery genre. Madame Koska is an absolutely unforgettable character whose charms and eccentricities linger on long after you’ve finished this marvelous page-turner. Here’s to hoping this is only the beginning of a wonderful new series”
Gary Morgenstein, playwright and novelist (Jesse’s Girl, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx)


Ilil’s Causes:

[30% of ALL profits for the year from Madame Koska and the Imperial Brooch (and all other books) will be donated!]


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters.PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.
2. Best Friends Animal Society

Vision: A better world through kindness to animals.

Mission: No More Homeless Pets.


    • Develop, implement and share world-class standards for companion animal care, including their physical, emotional and behavioral health.
    • End the killing of animals who are labeled “unadoptable” in shelters, by bringing about a time when every pet can enjoy a loving home and when every family can find their special companion through humane sources. (We call this our No More Homeless Pets campaign.)
  • Initiate and lead social action on behalf of animals everywhere by providing organizational resources and vision, and by sharing our knowledge and experience freely, so that all communities can achieve the goal of No More Homeless Pets.


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Currently writing:
The Golden Rule (A biography of Hillel the Elder)

This is a book in progress, free to anyone who wishes to read it, and written as a blog. Comments are most welcome.

From the introduction: The Encyclopedia Britannica On-Line claims that it is impossible to write a proper biography of Hillel the Elder because “virtually every narrative about him is encrusted with legend”. I completely disagree. True, it may be impossible to give the exact date of his very happy marriage or the precise day when he left Babylonia for the second time, but dates are not necessarily the most important part of the story of a life. Bringing the man to life, showing him against the time and place in which he lived, putting a face on the myriad of legends is much more important. And that is exactly what I am setting out to do in this new book…


One Response to Ilil Arbel

  1. Ilil is an excellent author with a career spanning decades and genres. Her novels have the ability to draw you in so you travel with the characters while her biographies ( especially the current Book in Progress) is instructive without being boring, giving a picture of the times Hillel the Elder lived in. A work crucial I’d have thought to a scholar of Biblical Times.
    There are a lot of books not listed on this page in Science Fiction/Science Fantasy to a popular continuation of the works of Angela Thirkell. This is an unrecognised talent in our midst.

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