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The first of Elena Ferrante's internationally acclaimed, bestselling Neapolitan Novels-now a major HBO television series, screening in Australia exclusively on Foxtel and in New Zealand on TVNZ.

About the Author

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the author of seven novels- The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, The Lost Daughter, and the quartet of Neapolitan novels- My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. Frantugmalia, a selection of interviews, letters and occasional writings by Ferrante, was published in 2016. She is one of Italy's most acclaimed authors.

Ann Goldstein has translated all of Elena Ferrante's work. She is an editor at the New Yorker and a recipient of the PEN Renato Poggioli Translation Prize.

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'The best thing I've read this year, far and away...She puts most other writing at the moment in the shade.' * Richard Flanagan *
'Ferrante tackles girlhood and friendship with amazing force.' -- Gwyneth Paltrow
'Read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante-the Jane Austen of Italy.' * Jeffrey Archer *
'Elena Ferrante will blow you away.' * Alice Sebold *
'Elena Ferrante: the best angry woman writer ever!' -- John Waters

'Her novels are intensely, violently personal, and because of this they seem to dangle bristling key chains of confession before the unsuspecting reader...[A] beautiful and delicate tale of confluence and reversal.'

-- James Wood * New Yorker *
'Gutsy and compulsively readable...One of the more nuanced portraits of feminine friendship in recent memory...Ferrante wisely balances her memoir-like emotional authenticity with a wry sociological understanding of a society on the verge of dramatic change.' * Vogue (US) *
'Everyone should read anything with [Elena Ferrante's] name on it.' * Boston Globe *
'Beautifully translated by Ann Goldstein...[Ferrante] writes with a ferocious, intimate urgency.' * San Francisco Chronicle *

'Cinematic in the density of its detail.'

* Times Literary Supplement *
'Ferrante's fictions are fierce, unsentimental glimpses at the way a woman is constantly under threat, her identity submerged in marriage, eclipsed by motherhood, mythologised by desire. Imagine if Jane Austen got angry and you'll have some idea of how explosive these works are...In My Brilliant Friend, the reclusive Ferrante does something hard but true. It goes back to the before and by looking at it clearly, with humour and warmth and rage, loves it.' * Weekend Australian *
'The first two Neapolitan novels [My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name]...move far from contrivance, logic or respectability to ask uncomfortable questions about how we live, how we love, how we singe an existence in a deeply flawed world that expects pretty acquiescence from its women. In all their beauty, their ugliness, their devotion and deceit, these girls enchant and repulse, like life, like our very selves.' * Sydney Morning Herald *

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