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The New Statesman: Books of the Year List

Date: Nov 19 2014

Books of the Year: NS friends and contributors choose their favourite reading of 2014
Including: Hilary Mantel, Rowan Williams, Grayson Perry, Alan Johnson, A S Byatt, Geoff Dyer, Alex Salmond, Kate Fox, William Boyd and Dave Eggers.

Jane Shilling

The older you get, the harder it is to recapture the intoxicating sense of discovery that comes when you first read George Eliot, Nabokov, Tolstoy or Colette. But this year it came again when I read Elena Ferrante’s remarkable Neapolitan novels (Europa Editions, £11.99 each), chronicling a friendship between two women, Lila and Elena, that lasts for more than six decades.

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