Francesca Petrizzo was born in Empoli on 17 May 1990. She graduated in History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She wrote Memorie di una cagna when she was only nineteen. It is an original rewriting of the myth of Helen of Troy, and it has been translated into several languages.
In 2012 she published Il rovescio del buio, an exhistentialist novel which deals with relationship of an adolescent with illness and death, which was shortlisted for the Chianti Prize in 2013.
In 2013, she published Nel sangue, a historical novel in a double diary form, which examines the complex relationship between Lucrezia and Cesare Borgia, known as "il Valentino", shedding new light on a theme that has long been the subject of morbid attention and harsh moral judgement, and carrying out an original historical re-examination of the Borgia family in the context of the its historical period.
2010 - Memorie di una cagna - Memoirs of a Bitch, translated by Silvester Mazzarella (2012)
2012 - Il rovescio del buio
2013 - Nel sangue