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Lila, played by Ludovica Nasti (right) in the HBO production of Elena Ferrante’s My Beautiful Friend. Eduardo Castaldo/HBO

My favourite fictional character: I’ll never forget these half-wild, ‘too much’ heroines – Philip Pullman’s Lyra and Elena Ferrante’s Lila

Half-wild Lyra from Northern Lights was the first female character who felt real to Jane Gleeson-White. Then she met Elena Ferrante’s ‘ferocious, filthy, quicksilver’ Lila, a more complex version.

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