Irish chef and teacher Frances Wilson, living in Berkeley, California: “It is so awful to think of what the beautiful Napa and Sonoma Valleys will look like for years to come”.

Northern California’s wine country, home to some of the US’s most celebrated wineries, has been devastated by this week’s wildfire outbreaks. At least(...)

Books by Elena Ferrante in an English translation at the Edizioni E/O publishing office in Rome. Photograph: Chris Warde-Jones/The New York Times

Fans of Elena Ferrante, the best-selling Italian novelist, can breathe a sigh of relief, or can they?    In recent years, Ferrante has beco(...)