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The mysterious author Elena Ferrante nominated

Her books have sold nearly two million copies worldwide, brought literary tourists flocking to Naples, attracted fans including Zadie Smith and Alice Sebold, and inspired fashions and recipes. Now the Italian author of the “Neapolitan novels” is in the running for her first major international literary prize. The only problem is that nobody knows – or is telling, at least – the identity of the mysterious woman writing under the pseudonym Elena Ferrante.

The Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins: 'I

Into the Water is Paula Hawkins’s difficult second novel, except that actually it’s her sixth.

Folio prize goes to Hisham Matar's memoir

Acclaimed account of the author’s journey home to Libya in search of his missing father’s story is the first nonfiction book to win the £20,000 prize

Cardiff transformed

Reality is turned on its head in Cardiff "as if Roald Dahl is at the helm" to celebrate the author

2016 Eisner Award Nominees Comic Books / Graphic

Celebrating the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the comic book world's version of the Oscars

How do I become a successful children’s author?

Malorie Blackman presents how do I become a successful children’s author? She takes us through the key things all successful children’s writers must overcome.

The fall and rise of subscription libraries - BBC

What is behind the rise of the subscription library?

Inside Britain's Libraries

Nearly 350 libraries in Britain have shut their doors over the past six years, with many more facing the threat of closure. These spectacular images underline their worth.

350 libraries have closed in the past six years

Another 111 closures are planned this year as councils make savings. The cuts coincide with the rise of digital reading services such as Kindle where many older books are free.

Former winner Marina Lewycka up for Wodehouse book

Marina Lewycka, Paul Murray and John O'Farrell

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