Niccolò Ammaniti was born and lives in Rome.

He made his debut in fiction in 1995 with the novel Branchie (Gills). He is the author of award-winning novels and short stories, which are translated in 44 countries: Fango (Mud, 1996), Ti prendo e ti porto via (I’ll Steal You Away, 1999), Io non ho paura (I’m Not Scared, 2001, Premio Viareggio), Come Dio comanda (The Crossroads/As God Commands, 2006, Premio Strega), Che la festa cominci (Let the Games Begin, 2009), Io e te (Me and You, 2010), Il momento è delicato (2012) and Anna (Anna, 2015). 

Many of his books have been successfully made into films: L’ultimo capodanno (directed by Marco Risi, 1998); Branchie (directed by Francesco Ranieri Martinotti, 1999); Io non ho paura and Come Dio comanda (both directed by Gabriele Salvatores, 2003 and 2008), Io e te (directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, 2012).
Following his work as author and director of the feature-length doc The Good Life (2014), Ammaniti has recently made his TV debut with The Miracle, a SKY original series for which he was showrunner, co-writer and co-director.