Anna Dalton

Anna Dalton (1986) has a degree in literature and specialised in publishing and creative writing at La Sapienza University in Rome. She is an actress by profession. Garzanti published her trilogy L’apprendista geniale, La ragazza con le parole in tasca and Tutto accade per una ragione (50,000 copies sold in Italy alone).

Le tre figlie

(The Three Daughters)

Garzanti, June 2022

Three sisters are reunited for the weekend in the villa where they grew up. They have a single objective: to prevent their mother from divulging family secrets in her celebrity autobiography – secrets, which, if disclosed, could cast a new shadow over their lives.

The sumptuous gates of Villa Fiorita open once again to welcome Fresia, Viola and Iris. Three sisters, three young women who, for various reasons, have chosen to leave behind them the house in which they grew up and all it meant to them. But they must return here now, because their mother wants to write an autobiography that would include the entire family history, and not just the details of her career as an Academy Award-winning actress who, at the peak of her fame, decided to withdraw into a private life.  Secrets would also end up in this book, which the three sisters don’t want revealed, because they have moved on with their lives, at last no one knows who they are, and they are no longer surrounded by reporters and photographers. And because whatever happened should remain buried. Truth is not always the best choice. Fresia, Viola and Iris therefore have just one weekend to change their mother’s mind. She is a woman who has never listened to them, always too wrapped up in herself. And yet this time the stakes are too high and they’re not three little girls anymore. They’re adults and their future depends on what will be written in this book. Only by being united can they reach their goal, but their sisterly bond can be a prison as well as a refuge. And sometimes a family is the place where every secret can be left as such for ever.

Tutto accade per una ragione

(Everything Happens for a Reason)

Garzanti, October 2020

A powerful, iconic setting, a prestigious college in Venice. A unique, shy and stubborn protagonist who fights for her dream. A story that celebrates the power of wishes, the importance of friendship and the meaning of your roots.
Believing in yourself alone can truly take you far.

Andrea is very close to achieving her goal but instead of focusing on her studies, her thoughts fly to Dublin: that’s where her roots are and that’s also where she is sure her mother left something important. She therefore leaves for Ireland to try and discover who she really is and to heal the wound caused by her mother’s death. However, Andrea is never alone when she has a sheet of paper and a pen. They’re her shield, her strength and her life.

Andrà tutto bene

(All shall be well)

Garzanti, April 2020

From their homes, twenty-six of the most prominent writers in the Italian landscape have given a meaning to these days by choosing to tackle this emergency also with the weapons of literature.

R. Armeni, S. Auci, A. Basso, B. Bellomo, G. Biondillo, C. Bonvicini, F. Bosco, M. Buticchi, C. Caboni, D. Carrisi, A. Dalton, G. Festa, A. Frontani, E. Galiano, A. Gazzola, E. Gnone, M. Gramellini, J. Lahiri, F. Noiville, C. Sánchez, G. Sundas, S. Truzzi, I. Tuti, H. Tuzzi, M. Vichi, A. Vitali.

Nowadays, fear has a new name: Covid-19. The only way to defeat it is to stay at home.  Within the four walls that have always shielded us but which have now become impassable boundaries.

They have become almost an enemy.

And yet, day after day, those who always work with words have discovered that rooms, windows, and even the remotest corners of their homes are wings to carry them out into the world. Every one of them has therefore chosen a way to give life to this magic.

From their homes, twenty-six of the most prominent writers in the Italian landscape have given a meaning to these days by choosing to tackle this emergency also with the weapons of literature.

So as to take their daily lives to the readers who love them.

And they decided to do this together with the publishing house Garzanti by donating all the proceeds to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo.

Some decided to write about their days, their established routines, about novelties that make you smile. About the tears they cannot stop but also about the force of nature that dissolves the lump in your throat. About forced cohabitation, as well the distancing from people who are dear to you, that feels unbearable. Others write about neighbours who were once strangers but are no longer so, and work that has changed its tools but not its substance. Some admit their error in thinking that it could not all be true or else lend a voice to animals who, on the contrary, are glad this is all true. Others entrust their thoughts about these strange days to beloved characters they have created. Everyone is certain that we will emerge from this more aware of what is truly important, and we will meet, hug, and soon take walks all together. They are certain that solidarity will be the currency we will carry with us and no longer be able to do without.

They are all convinced that words, books and stories bring us together. They create invisible links that break all barriers. When we read we are never alone. And we are strong. And everything appears as it will be. Because all shall be well.

Rights Sold

World Arabic: Alfarasha Publishing

La ragazza con le parole in tasca

(The Girl with Words in her Pockets)

Garzanti, September 2019

A powerful, iconic setting, a prestigious college in Venice. A unique, shy and stubborn protagonist who fights for her dream. A story that celebrates the power of wishes, the importance of friendship and the meaning of your roots.
Believing in yourself alone can truly take you far.

Despite her quirky group of friends – cynical Marilyn, gentle André, uncontrollable Uno and, especially, the mysterious Joker who conquered her at first sight – Andrea has to defend herself against the attacks of those who have guessed her talent and want to hinder her. However, she is ready to face anything. It doesn’t matter if the school is imposing choices she doesn’t agree with. She has a clear goal in mind, and becoming a journalist means everything to her. She cannot disappoint the person to whom she promised, so many years earlier, to defend her dream. Even if it takes all the courage she never thought she had.

L'apprendista geniale

(The Brilliant Apprentice)

Garzanti, August 2018

A powerful, iconic setting, a prestigious college in Venice. A unique, shy and stubborn protagonist who fights for her dream. A story that celebrates the power of wishes, the importance of friendship and the meaning of your roots.
Believing in yourself alone can truly take you far.

Write, write, write: these are the words scribbled on a piece of paper that Andrea – a half-Irish young woman with long, iconic red hair, who’s a slightly self-conscious introvert – is clutching obsessively while wandering lost through the Venice calle. It is everything her mother taught her when she was a child. Three simple words that even now show her the way to her dream: to be a journalist. She has finally got into one of the world’s most prestigious journalism schools – Longjoy College. What she has learnt there is not enough. Because everything in the lecture rooms is motivated by ambition and there are people who will do anything to stand in her way.

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