The Sydney Morning Herald

What Australians are reading this summer, from Magda Szubanski to Bill Bryson

Elena Ferrante also filled many Christmas stockings with her four-part Neapolitan Novels series. The first novel in the collection, My Brilliant Friend, creates a realistic and unsentimental portrait of female experience, rivalry and friendship.

It’s become a global phenomenon and “people are loving [the series] as they’re getting a lovely long look at Italian life, post World War II,” says Gleebooks’ David Gaunt.