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Elena Ferrante, author of the Neopolitan novels (of which the fourth and final novel is in the running for this year’s International Man Booker), has written a children’s book, The Beach at Night, to be published in November. It is based upon a fable described in one of her earlier adult novels, The Lost Daughter.

In other book news:

Annie Proulx, the author of Brokeback Mountain, among other esteemed works of contemporary fiction – including the forthcoming, highly anticipated Barkskins – has released a new short story at the New Yorker. ‘A Resolute Man’ can be read online now.

A deal has been struck to adapt Ragnar Jonasson’s popular series Dark Iceland for television. The series includes the novels Snowblind and Nightblind, and follows the police officer Ari Thor working in Iceland’s northernmost town.

In a private show in New York over the weekend, the music superstar Prince announced that he will be publishing his memoirs with Random House in the US, and he has just started work on them (apparently the memoirs will begin from Prince’s very first memory . . .).

The British comedian Joe Lycett has made a deal to release a book this October with Hodder & Stoughton. The book – with the cracking title, Parsnips: Buttered – is about how to live modern life while tackling all the obstacles thrown our way, from PPI to the Kardashians.

David Solomons won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize for My Brother is a Superhero, about an eleven-year-old comic book fan who misses out on a chance to gain superpowers when he has to rush to the toilet instead.

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