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At the age of twenty-nine, Viola Di Grado already has a daunting display of feathers in her cap. At twenty-three, she won Italy's prestigious Premio Campiello Opera Prima for her first novel, 70% Acrylic 30% Wool, which was published in ten countries and later went on to be shortlisted for the Strega. Described by Michael Cunningham as a 'powerful and original writer' and often compared to Angela Carter, her two novels have been ushered into successful English translation. Her second novel, Hollow Heart, tells the story of a girls life, as a ghost, after her own suicide. She was a finalist for the PEN Literary Awards for Hollow Heart and has twice been longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.