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The debate about the outing of the true identity of Italian writer Elena Ferrante continues. Her books have topped the charts in many countries but the real identity of the author was a closely guarded secret until earlier this month. It was revealed by Italian journalist Claudio Gatti who pieced together – and revealed – the woman behind the pseudonym. Megan Williams reports from Rome.