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Europa UK director, Daniela Petracco, on the books that made her year

Daniela Petracco Director, Europa Editions UK

The book that made my year

The book that made my year was Elena Ferrante’s The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth and final volume of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels. Published in September, it was greeted by a flurry of enthusiastic reviews and British readers were hooked onto this multi-layered narrative.

Our book that deserved to do better

The Europa book that deserved to do better is Jennifer Tseng’s debut Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness, a tale of dangerous love and life-saving books with distinctly Ferrantean echoes. I am still hoping it will get noticed…

I wish I’d published

I wish I’d published The Vegetarian by Han Kang. Unusual, disturbing, and lucidly translated by Deborah Smith, this is an extraordinary book that I hope to see on the new International Man Booker Prize shortlist.