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The Story of the Lost Child

Elena Ferrante included in The Man Booker International Prize 2016 Shortlist

Elena Ferrante's The Story of The Lost Child, translated by Ann Goldstein, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016.


Elena Ferrante one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of the year

Elena Ferrante is one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of the year. See the full list here

Maurizio de Giovanni

The Commissario Ricciardi Series

"Maurizio de Giovanni just keeps getting better and better."—Mary Whipple

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Europa Editions is dedicated to bridging cultural divides by introducing fresh international voices into the American and British marketplaces. Explore our diverse catalogue by region and take in what the world has to offer.

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The Neapolitan Novels

  • Elena Ferrante

    My Brilliant Friend

    2012, pp. 336, £ 11.99
    A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about...
  • Elena Ferrante

    The Story of a New Name

    2013, pp. 480, £ 11.99
    The Story of a New Name is a sweeping, generous-hearted, and brilliantly realized masterpiece by one of Italy's most important contemporary...
  • Elena Ferrante

    Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

    2014, pp. 400, £ 11.99
    In this third Neapolitan novel, Elena and Lila, the two girls whom readers first met in My Brilliant Friend, have become women
  • Elena Ferrante

    The Story of the Lost Child

    2015, pp. 464, £ 11.99
    This fourth and final of Elena Ferrante's renowned Neapolitan Novels follows the concluding chapter in the moving and turbulent friendship of Elena...


Recent reviews

  • “Full of fascinating characters, tersely brought to life in a prose style that is (thanks to Howard Curtis’ shrewd translation) traditionally dark and completely original.”—The Chicago Tribune This first installment in the legendary Marseilles Trilogy sees Fabio Montale...
    — Culthurethèque, May 25 2016
  • Among other things, I am a book reviewer. In other words, I spoil books for a living. I’ve been thinking about this aspect of writing – or otherwise communicating – about books recently, prompted by my reading of a novel, Sergio Y., by Alexandre Vidal Porto. I had been...
    — Tiny Camels / Jonathan Gibbs, May 22 2016
  • The ungovernable city known as Gomorrah has experienced a ‘riscatto’ – redemption – thanks to the popularity of Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels
    — The Irish Times, May 22 2016
  • If you have to read one book that speaks of love, longing, desire and books all at the same time – almost culminating to an obsession, then you must read, “Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness”.
    — The Hungry Reader, May 19 2016
  • The following is an excerpt from an e-mail correspondence, which took place last year, between the Italian novelists Elena Ferrante and Nicola Lagioia, whose English-language début, “Ferocity,” will be published in the spring of 2017, by Europa Editions. The full correspondence...
    — The New Yorker, May 19 2016
  • Highly recommended!
    — Echoes of an empty mind, May 17 2016
  • The sharp, acerbic voice of the narrator (who shares the same name as the author) frames her Parisian world through her love for champagne and desire to find a companion with whom to drink it. The relationship she forms with Petronille not only induces humorous scenes and reflections,...
    — World Literature Today, May 17 2016
  • It is Hachtoudi’s ability to engage with her characters, the roles they are assigned by history, and how much power they have to reject them that makes this a gripping examination of totalitarianism’s perpetrators and victims.
    — 1streading's blog, May 13 2016

World Noir

  • Maurizio de Giovanni

    The Bastards of Pizzofalcone

    2016, pp. 228, £ 10.99
    A new series of hardboiled crime fiction set in contemporary Naples by the author of the internationally bestselling Commissario Ricciardi series.
  • Joe Flanagan

    Lesser Evils

    2016, pp. 416, £ 11.99
    An exciting entry into the noir canon, Joe Flanagan’s Lesser Evils expertly reimagines 1957 Cape Cod, where the mystifying murder of a local...
  • Maurizio de Giovanni

    The Bottom of Your Heart. Inferno for Commissario Ricciardi

    2015, pp. 464, £ 11.99
    In the middle of a summer heat wave, as Naples prepares for one of its most important holy days, a renowned surgeon falls to his death from his office...
  • Piergiorgio Pulixi

    The Night of the Panthers

    2015, pp. 288, £ 10.99
    An action-packed thriller about dirty cops and ruthless drug cartels
  • Massimo Carlotto

    Gang of Lovers

    2015, pp. 208, £ 8.99
    A new installment in the popular Alligator series
  • Maurizio de Giovanni

    Viper. No Resurrection for Commissario Ricciardi

    2015, pp. 352, £ 10.99
    Commissario Ricciardi, who possesses the dubious gift of being able to see and hear the last seconds in the lives of those who have suffered a violent...