Fiammetta Rocco was born in Kenya and read Arabic at Oxford. She has been a journalist for twenty years and in 1994, she was named British "Feature Writer of the Year". Her work has also been recognised twice by the Overseas Press Club of America. She has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Telegraph magazine and Vanity Fair. She is now the literary editor of The Economist.
Her first book, "The Miraculous Fever Tree: Malaria, Medicine and the Cure that Changed the World" was published in 2003.