Slimani turns her focus on a woman who appears to have it all, working as a journalist and living with her surgeon husband and their young son in an idyllic Parisian apartment.
Beneath the surface, Adèle’s boredom with her existence compels her to pursue a string of one-night stands and extramarital affairs, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making.
Written with fierce intelligence and arresting clarity, Adèle is an erotic thriller that explores addiction and sexuality in contemporary Paris.
Leïla Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, for Lullaby. A chilling and compulsive story of contemporary Parisian life, it follows a couple who hire the seemingly perfect nanny only to discover she has murdered both their children.
An unflinching examination of class, race, power and motherhood, Lullaby was Slimani’s first novel to be translated into English and has since won readers around the world.
Appointed as French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture, Leïla Slimani is a vital cultural voice and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights.
Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she lives in Paris with her husband and their two young children.
Hear from one of the most exciting international literary talents to emerge in recent years as she reflects on writing about sex, addiction and the dark side of domestic life. What do her gripping narratives tell us about contemporary France, Europe as a whole and our shared humanity?