Online Event: Leïla Slimani in conversation with Ingrid Persaud
Join us for a very special online event with international bestselling author Leïla Slimani to celebrate the paperback publication of The Country of Others, the first volume of a new trilogy telling the saga of one French family between 1946 and 2016. Leïla will be in conversation with Ingrid Persaud, award-winning author of Love After Love.
From ‘one of literary France’s brightest stars’ (The Times), an enrapturing novel following the story of Mathilde, a young bride who leaves France in 1946, only to discover a life stranger – and harder – than she ever could have imagined.
‘Magnificent.’ La Presse ‘A panoramic, ambitious tale.’ The Times
‘Exceptional.’ Salman Rushdie
‘Powerful.’ Christine Mangan
1944. After the Liberation, Mathilde leaves France to join her husband in Morocco.But life here is unrecognisable to this brave and passionate young woman. Her life is now that of a farmer’s wife – with all the sacrifices and vexations that brings. Suffocated by the heat, by her loneliness on the farm and by the mistrust she inspires as a foreigner, Mathilde grows increasingly restless. As Morocco’s struggle for independence intensifies, Mathilde and her husband find themselves caught in the crossfire.
Ingrid Persaud was born in Trinidad. Her debut novel, Love After Love, won the Costa First Novel Award 2020 and the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award 2021. She also won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2018 and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017. She read law at the LSE and was an academic before studying fine art at Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins. Her writing has appeared in several newspapers and magazines including Granta, Prospect, Five Dials, the Guardian and National Geographic.
Image credits: Leïla Slimani by Catherine Hélie © Editions Gallimard; Ingrid Persaud by Russell Watson
Our online events take place via Zoom and last up to one hour.
- You will be emailed the link for the event the day before the event at the very latest. If you haven’t received it by the morning of the event, please forward your confirmation email to email@example.com.
- You can ask questions on the night using the Q&A function, although we are unable to guarantee which questions will be covered due to time constraints.
- When you book for this event, you will receive an email confirmation along with a promotional code to use on our website for 20% off The Country of Others.