The Guardian

Best books of 2016 – part one

Blake Morrison

The Return; Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey; Solar Bones


 The letters and interviews in Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey (trans Ann Goldstein, Europa), reveal all you ever need to know about the author of the Neapolitan Quartet, apart from the trifling matter of her identity.

James Meek

Everyone Is Watching; Memoirs of a Medieval Woman: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe


My cooking, cleaning and driving hours have been filled with Hillary Huber reading Elena Ferrante’s Naples quartet (trans Ann Goldstein, Europa/Blackstone). Not all writers adapt well to unabridged audiobookery; Ferrante, translated, does.