The Book On One

    Monday to Friday, 11.10pm

    The Book on One is a celebration of writing from all over the world, with five 15-minute excerpts from a single book broadcast each week.


    You can listen back to the last four weeks of The Book on One here. Click on 'listen back further' and choose the date you would like to hear : Listen You can find the date of your chosen book in the section marked '2013 Archive' above.

    We also have a selection of classic books, which are available to listen to at any time in the 'classic reads' section above.

    Book On One Monday 16 November 2015

    Written by an anonymous Italian author under the penname Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend is the first of her critically acclaimed Neapolitan novel series. They follow the lives of two childhood friends, bookish Elena and brilliant Lila,  as they navigate childhood and adolescence in an impoverished neighbourhood in 1950s Naples.

    The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other.

    They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.

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