Mal di Pietre Milena Agus was born in Genova, but is of Sardinian origin. She teaches Italian and history at a technical school in Cagliari, where she also lives. She wrote her first book, Mentre dorme il pescecane, in 2005. Mal di Pietre is from 2006 and has already been translated into five different languages. It was very successful in France and it has won several awards.