Gaia Servadio has lived in London for over fifty years. She has written for “The Times”, “The Sunday Times”, “The Observer”, “The Daily Telegraph”, “Corriere della Sera” and “La Stampa”. She was a war correspondent during the Six-Day War, and has lived in Syria, France, and the USSR (but she isn’t a spy). She was vice-president of the Foreign Press Association in London. She has worked for radio and television and in Hollywood. She was part of the London Symphony Orchestra executive, organised the festival Mahler and the Second School of Vienna alongside Claudio Abbado, and has collaborated with Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. She was awarded the title of Cavaliere Ufficiale della Repubblica by President Sandro Pertini, and later, for musical merit, the title of Commendatore by President Giorgio Napolitano. She gives talks all over the world. She has published over twenty books including essays, narrative non-fiction, novels and biographies, many of which have been translated into several languages. In 2014, Feltrinelli published her autobiography Raccogliamo le vele.