Alev was born in London in 1987 to a Turkish mother and British father, and educated at North London Collegiate School and New College, Oxford, where she studied Classics. After graduating in 2009 Alev worked in London as an assistant director in theatre and opera before moving to Istanbul in January 2011. There she taught Latin at the Bosphorus University and now works as a freelance journalist for the British press.
Her first book, TURKISH AWAKENING, was published by Faber in spring 2014.
OTTOMAN ODYSSEY: Travels through a Lost Empire was published by Riverrun in October 2018.