Elena Ferrante to publish new novel

Elena Ferrante to publish new novel

Italian author Elena Ferrante will publish a new novel in Italy in November - her first in four years. 

Ferrante's Italian publisher Edizioni E/O announced the untitled book will be published on 7th November 2019 in Italy as her English language publisher Europa Editions released a short extract from the story, which will be translated by Ann Goldstein. 

A date is yet to be set for the UK release. Ferrante's UK publisher told The Bookseller the English language edition "will be published later". Like Ferrante's other work, the novel will be set in Naples.



The author of the bestselling four-part Neapolitan series has sold 693,024 books for £7.19m, through Nielsen, with 2011's My Brilliant Friend (Europa) her bestseller at 301,756 copies sold in paperback.

Published by indie Europa Editions, the Neapolitan series, follows Elena Greco and her friend Raffaella Cerullo, who she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set against a dangerous and vibrant Naples, the story spans 60 years of their lives as Elena tries to unravel the mystery of her friend. 

Ferrante, who writes under a pseudonym, has published one book, Incidental Inventions (Europa), since the publication of the Neapolitan series. In 2016 an Italian investigative journalist claimed to have discovered her identity