When she was 16 years old, Melissa P. began writing a diary recording her secret desires. That diary eventually became this novel, her debut. A worldwide sensation, it has been translated into 25 languages and adapted into a feature film. Melissa P.'s second novel, The Scent of Your Breath, is also available from Serpent's Tail.
Melissa Panarello was born in Sicily in 1985 and now lives in Rome. Her teenage diaries formed the basis of One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed, the book that scandalised Europe.