Elena Ferrante, the pseudonymous author of the bestselling Neapolitan series has shared a list of her forty favourite books written by female authors. The list was originally shared on Bookshop.org, a newly launched online store which gives independent bookshops a commission for all books sold through the platform.
Elena Ferrante’s UK publisher, Europa Editions, is also returning their own 10% sales commission – which will be gained from sales of Ferrante’s list on Bookshop.org – and instead the commission will be shared among the 300 independent bookshops that have signed up to the site so far.
Ferrante described her choices as being united by the theme of “stories of women with two feet, and sometimes one, in the 20th century”.
Women’s prize founder Kate Mosse said she was “delighted to see Ferrante celebrating so many exceptional books by her fellow women writers – we all love to have a sneak peak into what our favourite authors love to read, what they value, and this list is magnificent.”