Born in Dublin in 1961, Margaret Mazzantini spent her early life traveling between Spain, Ireland and Morocco with her father Carlo, writer, her mother Anne Donnelly, painter, and her sisters, before settling in the countryside near Tivoli, Rome. After graduating from drama school in Rome in 1982, she made her theatrical debut in a production of Goethe’s Iphigenia in Tauris. During the eighties, she portrayed on stage legendary female characters in works by Chekhov, Strindberg and Sophocles. Her first published novel, Il catino di zinco (The Zinc Basin, 1994) won the Campiello book prize. 2001 saw the publication of Non ti muovere, (Don't move), winner of several prizes including the Grinzane-Cavour Prize, the Zepter International Award for best European book and the Strega Prize in 2002. The book became a publishing success story, with over two million copies sold, translations into 35 languages and a big screen adaptation in 2004 as a film directed by the author’s husband Sergio Castellitto. Zorro. Un eremita sul marciapiede (Zorro. A Hermit on the Sidewalk), a monologue performed on stage by Sergio Castellitto, was published in 2002. In 2008, Mazzantini wrote in a few months Venuto al mondo (Twice Born), with which she won the Super Campiello prize in 2009: the film adaptation was then shot between Italy, Sarajevo and Croatia in 2012, again with Castellitto as director. Her later novels include Nessuno si salva da solo (No One Is Saved Alone), adapted by Castellitto as a film of the same name in 2015, Mare al mattino (The Sea in the Morning), both published in 2011, and Splendore, published in 2013. She lives and works in Rome with her husband Sergio and their four children Pietro, Maria, Anna and Cesare.