Silvia Ballestra born in Porto San Giorgio (Fermo), was one of Pier Vittorio Tondelli’s “under 25s” in the landmark series of the late 1980s. Her debut book, Compleanno dell’iguana (1991), in which the protagonist Antò Lo Purk appears for the first time, was greeted with much success and translated into a number of languages.
Among her books: La seconda Dora (2006), I giorni della Rotonda (2009, Città di Fabriano Award), Piove sul nostro amore (2008), Le colline di fronte (2011), a journey around the life of Tullio Pericoli, one of the most celebrated Italian artists, Amiche mie (2014), Christine e la città delle dame (2015), Vicini alla terra (2017), La nuova stagione (2019, Premio Benedetto Croce 2020). Her most recent publication is La Sibilla. Vita di Joyce Lussu (2022, Premio Alghero Donna).