Navarro, born in Huelva, published her first book, La ciudad en invierno in 2007. In 2009 she published La ciudad feliz, which won the Jaén Prize for best novel and the Tormenta Prize for best new author. She has collaborated with magazines including El Cultural, Ínsula, Turia and El Perro as well as the newspapers Público and El Pais. She teaches writing workshops and has her own blog (www.elviranavarro.wordpress.com), as well as Periferia (www.madridesperiferia.blogspot.com), a work in progress about the neighbourhoods of Madrid that explores peripheral and undefined spaces through writing. ‘Gerardo’s Letters’ is an excerpt from her novel in progress.