The Guardian

The best novels of 2015

A truly vintage year for fiction with a strong Booker shortlist, dazzling debuts and a real masterpiece from an old hand

by Alex Preston

This year, though (like last year), was all about the bewitching enigma of Elena Ferrante. The Story of the Lost Child (Europa Editions), the final installation of her Neapolitan quartet, was every bit as sinister and compelling as its predecessors, a vivid and haunting portrait of female friendship that confirms Ferrante as one of the masters of her craft.