Whether it was on your commute, in the park or while scrolling through Instagram, last summer there was one series of books you just couldn’t avoid spotting. We are, of course, talking about Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels. Set over four books, the epic tale of two girls growing up in Naples was adored by both book fans and critics alike.
If you have been missing the trials and tribulations of Elena, Lina and their extended families, we have some good news, Elena Ferrante is writing once again.
According to the Guardian, Ferrante’s publishers gave an interview to Il Libraio, an Italian literary newsletter, and let slip that the author was working on a new project.
‘I know she is writing, but at the moment I cannot say anything more,’ Sandro Ferri, who heads the publishing house, told Il Libraio.
The news come as a relief for Ferrante fans who were concerned she might not write again following an incident last year in which her secret identity was ousted by an investigative journalist writing for the New York Review of Books. Ferrante, who writes under a pseudonym , wished to remain anonymous and it was thought that she may disappear from public life completely following the ordeal.
While no details of her upcoming work have yet to be revealed, Ferri confirmed her new work would not be released in 2018.
In the meantime we have the TV adaptation of Ferrante’s first book My Brilliant FriendMy Brilliant Friend to look forward to. The HBO series which Ferrante has consulted on is set to premiere next year.