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Leïla Slimani
Translated by Sam Taylor

From the bestselling author of Lullaby, the prizewinning debut novel about all our attempts to discover who we are – deep down – and what we actually want.

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From the bestselling author of Lullaby

‘Riveting.’ Evening Standard

‘Explosive.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Thrilling.’ Sunday Times

‘A must-read.’ Vogue

Her obsessions devour her. She is helpless to stop them

Adèle has a seemingly enviable life. She is a respected journalist, living in a flawless Paris apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But beneath the veneer of ‘having it all’, Adèle is bored. She begins to orchestrate her life around one-night stands and extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she’s been, until her compulsions threaten to consume her altogether…

Critic Reviews

Written in prose of elegant but never bloodless neutrality . . . [Adèle] leads readers through the labyrinth of desire into an understanding of solitude, isolation and the search for authenticity as our common fate.

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No man would have dared write what she did. It’s an extraordinary first novel.

Alain Mabanckou
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A dark and compelling tale . . . It could easily be devoured in one sitting but it will linger in the mind for weeks afterwards.

Daily Express
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Thrillingly propulsive.

i Independent
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Slimani is a fearless writer who pulls back the curtain to show what secretly thrills and terrifies women . . . It’s a story that will strike a chord with many.

Evening Standard
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Be prepared to be shaken and stirred by a feat of great writing on an intriguing subject.

Sunday Times Magazine

Leïla 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…

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