Just A Boy

Just A Boy

Elena Varvello


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'Move over Ferrante, there's a new Elena in town' Independent

A gripping novel about family, loss and secrets, from the author of the Times bestselling sensation Can You Hear Me?

The boy is almost eighteen and has a loving family. He's polite and well-educated, quiet but always smiling.

When word spreads that he has broken into and stolen from a neighbour's house, his parents and sisters can't believe it. Then the unthinkable happens: an attack that will rip through the town and his family for years to come.

Just a Boy is a gripping, incisive novel about secrets, adolescence and how we can love someone - a child, a partner - without ever knowing their mind.

Praise for The Times bestseller Can You Hear Me?

'A novel of crime and darkness that eschews straightforward domestic noir' Guardian

'Utterly gripped me from beginning to end' Victoria Hislop


Elena Varvello:
ELENA VARVELLO was born in Turin, Italy, in 1971, and grew up in a small village in the woods not far from her birthplace. In 1996 she completed a Master Degree in Creative Writing at the Scuola Holden in Turin. Since 1999 she has been teaching Creative Writing at the same school. Elena has published two collections of poetry, Perseveranza è salutare and Atlanti, a collection of short stories, L'economia delle cose (nominated for the Premio Strega,winner of the Settembrini Award and the Bagutta Opera Prima Award), and three novels. The UK translation of La vita felice, Can You Hear Me?, published by Two Roads, received an English PEN Award and was selected as Waterstones Thriller of the Month in June 2018. She still lives in that small village with her husband and their two sons.