Sex and Lies

Leïla Slimani
Translated by Sophie Lewis

The first collection of essays in English from the prize winning and bestselling author of Lullaby and Adèle

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‘Striking’ ELLE France
‘Brave’ iNews
‘Powerful’ TLS
‘Urgent’ Evening Standard
‘Original’ Cosmopolitan

The first work of non-fiction in English from the prize-winning and internationally bestselling author of Lullaby and Adèle, translated by Sophie Lewis.

In these essays, Leïla Slimani gives voice to young Moroccan women who are grappling with a conservative Arab culture that at once condemns and commodifies sex. In a country where the law punishes and outlaws all forms of sex outside marriage, as well as homosexuality and prostitution, women have only two options for their sexual identities: virgin or wife. Sex and Lies is an essential confrontation with Morocco’s intimate demons and a vibrant appeal for the universal freedom to be, to love and to desire.

Critic Reviews

A collection of poignant testimonies on the condition of women in Morocco... Leila Slimani gives readers one of the secrets of women's emancipation: access to knowledge and the power to share it with other women. Sex and Lies [is] an important book.

Ariele Bonte, RTL France
Critic Reviews

[Slimani] has collected the confidences of Moroccans of all ages and all generations suffocated under the weight of taboo and misogyny, in order to write Sex and Lies. The words of these shocking and courageous women resonate for a long time after reading this striking book.

ELLE France

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. Leïla is also the chair of the International Booker Prize 2023…

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