Faber to publish Adèle, by the author of Lullaby Leïla Slimani

Faber is delighted to be publishing Adèle by the bestselling author of Lullaby, Leïla Slimani, in February 2019.

Faber acquired World English language, excluding USA, rights from Anne-Solange Noble at Gallimard.

Adèle appears to have the perfect life. A respected journalist, she lives in a flawless Parisian apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But beneath the veneer of ‘having it all’, Adèle is bored – and consumed by an insatiable need for sex, whatever the cost. Struggling to contain the twin forces of compulsion and desire, she begins to orchestrate her life around her one night stands and extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she’s been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making.

An erotic and daring story – with electrically clear writing – Adèle will captivate readers with its exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman’s quest to feel alive.

Louisa Joyner, Editorial Director, said: ‘It is such an honour to be inheriting this major author from Mitzi – Lullaby was a Faber phenomenon and I’m genuinely delighted to be working with Leïla on ensuring we continue her already stellar critical and commercial journey.’

Lullaby has sold over 75,000 copies in all formats. The paperback is one of Richard and Judy’s Book Club titles.


Slimani author photoLeïla Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, which she won for Lullaby. A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, she is French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she lives in Paris with her French husband and their two young children

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