Michela Murgia (born 3 June 1972) is an Italian novelist. She is a winner of the Premio Campiello and the Mondello International Literary Prize.
Michela Murgia was born in Cabras, Sardinia on 3 June 1972. At the age of 18, she was taken in by her adoptive family as a filla de anima, a soul-child, a traditional Sardinian adoption. In contrast to the usual age of between 10 and 14 years, Murgia's adoption was delayed because of her natural father's opposition.
Murgia attended the Lorenzo Mossa Oristano institute for technical studies, and then joined the Institute of Religious Studies of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oristano to study theology.
Murgia taught religious studies at middle and grammar schools in Oristano for six years.