Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome on 25th September 1966.


His first novel, "Branchie" was printed in 1994 by the publishing house Ediesse, and it was reprinted in 1997 by Einaudi Stile Libero.
In 1995 he wrote "Nel nome del figlio" with his father, consisting of an essay about the adolescence problems.
In 1996 Mondadori published his collection of short stories "Fango" and three years later "Ti prendo e ti porto via" (Steal You Away).
His 2001 novel, "Io non ho paura" (I'm Not Scared) Einaudi Stile Libero 2001, won the Premio Viareggio.
In 2006 Mondadori "Come Dio comanda" (As God Commands) came out: the epic novel about a father-son relationship and how love can be born in an environment full of hate and fear. It went on to win the Premio Strega in 2007.


In 2009 came out "Che la festa cominci", following year "Io e te" (Me and You) and in 2012 a collection of stories "Il momento è delicato", all three published by Einaudi Stile Libero.
To date his books have inspired five films: "L'ultimo capodanno" with Monica Bellucci (directed by Marco Risi, 1998); "Branchie" (directed by Francesco Ranieri Martinotti, 1999); "Io non ho paura" and "Come Dio comanda" (the last two films have been directed by Gabriele Salvatores in 2003 and in 2008); "Io e te" (directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, 2012).
In 2014 he directed his first documentary, “The Good Life”.