Fiammetta Rocco was born in Kenya to French and Italian parents and read Arabic at Oxford. She went to work as a journalist covering Africa and the Middle East, and was named 'British Feature Writer of the Year' in the UK Press Awards, and twice 'Best Magazine Writer' by the Overseas Press Club of America.
Rocco joined The Economist in 1998 in her present role as Editor of Books and Arts. She also writes a weekly column on the art market for The Economist online. She has also contributed to Vanity Fair, Independent on Sunday, International Investor, The Independent on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, Institutional Investor and Vanity Fair.
Her first book, The Miraculous Fever Tree, described by the New York Times as "an exceedingly accomplished work", was published in 2004.
In 2004 she served as a Man Booker Prize judge, and is now the Administrator of the Man Booker International Prize.
A speaker of six languages, she lives in London.