Elena Ferrante Book Shambles Special

with Josie Long, Sara Pascoe and Tania Edwards

For pretty much as long as we’ve been producing Book Shambles, Josie has been recommending everyone read the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante. She even had the first book on her cape in Cosmic Superheroes. So with the My Beautiful Friend series just coming out we thought we should do a Ferrante special with Josie and two other mega fans. So joined by Sara Pascoe and Tania Edwards, they dig into her work and many other tangents. Fair warning though, spoilers abound.

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Reading List

Everyone recommends:

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

Josie recommends:

The Invisible Girl by Kate Maryon

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates

The Secret River by Kate Grenville

The Easter Parade by Richard Yates

Sara recommends:

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families by Colm Tóibín

The work of Hemmingway

The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

The plays of Sarah Kane

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Normal People by Sally Rooney

The work of Iris Murdoch

Love and Trouble by Clare Dederer

Tania recommends:

The Beach at Night by Elena Ferrante

The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante

Stoner by John Williams

Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams

The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Barbarian Days by William Finnegan

Frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante

We Are Our Brains by Dick Swaab

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Sex Power Money by Sara Pascoe

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