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Watch Us Dance (Hardback)

Leïla Slimani
Translated by Sam Taylor

Watch Us Dance combines the youth, vibrancy and allure of Call Me By Your Name with the historical fiction force of Great Circle and the exquisite sense of place and time of The Lost Daughter.

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‘Engrossing’ The Times
‘Beautifully atmospheric. . . a panoramic, classic quality’ Financial Times

The seductive, vibrant new novel from international bestselling author Leïla Slimani.

Morocco, 1968. As she stands at the window, Mathilde reflects on the opportunities before her, and all she has achieved. Looking out at her elegant – not to say expensive – garden, the roses, brought in from Marrakech, have bloomed and their sweet, fresh scent pervades the air. Anything feels possible, and she is determined to celebrate it. Don’t they have the right to enjoy life, after dedicating their best years to the war and then to this farm?

Mathilde is blissfully unaware of what a new chapter of Moroccan history means for her family, the country and its future. Her babies are now grown up, and they are all about to learn that life can take wild and unexpected turns.

Acclaim for The Country of Others:

‘A panoramic, ambitious tale.’ The Times
‘Exceptional.’ SALMAN RUSHDIE
‘Captivating.’ Elle
‘ I loved it and didn’t want it to end.’ CLAIRE MESSUD
‘As wild and lush as a wildflower meadow.’ Observer
A powerful and compelling family saga.CHRISTINE MANGAN

Critic Reviews

This is a novel that glides along with swan-like grace. . . [Slimani] has the novelist’s rare skill of being able to nail a life in a single observation. . . Slimani is quietly devastating on how we are unwittingly, perhaps even helplessly, complicit with history.

The Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

Slimani’s writing is beautifully atmospheric and has a panoramic, classic quality… There is a palpable love of land and people, and a pride that can be felt through the author’s tone and vivid, colourful brushstrokes. It is both convincing and enveloping.

Financial Times
Critic Reviews

You don’t have to have read The Country of Others to appreciate Watch Us Dance: Slimani provides a cast list that fills in the characters’ pasts. That said, the experience of this novel is only enhanced by an encounter with its predecessor. We end here with a birth that takes the tale towards the next generation, Slimani’s own childhood – and into the final volume of this rich account of how a family’s life entwines with history.


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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