Leïla Slimani

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The Country of Others by Leïla Slimani review – between Maroc and a hard place
A woman quits France for Morocco in 1946 but is soon adrift, in a novel overly indebted to its author’s family backstory

Jonathan Myerson

08, Aug, 2021 @10:30 AM

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The Country of Others by Leïla Slimani review – a compelling exploration of the past
The bestselling author of Lullaby works her dangerous magic on her own family history in the first of a planned trilogy

Tessa Hadley

28, Jul, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Leïla Slimani: ‘I think I’m always writing about women, domination, violence’
The French-Moroccan author on why she writes, the complexity of identity, and the first book of a trilogy based on her family history

Johanna Thomas-Corr

24, Jul, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Practically perfect? How a new kind of nanny novel nails parents’ angst and anger
Class, race, politics and power are at the heart of modern nanny novels that explore the complex relationship between working mothers and the women they pay to look after their children

Charlotte Northedge

01, May, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Europa28 review – female writers on Europe's future
Freedom is a recurring theme in an ambitious collection edited by Sophie Hughes and Sarah Cleave

Jane Housham

03, Apr, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Leïla Slimani: ‘This book is a mirror to make the elite look reality in the face’
The bestselling author and face of Macron’s France is championing women’s rights in her native Morocco

Kim Willsher

16, Feb, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Lullaby review – bad-nanny thriller up past its bedtime
A young couple make a terrible childcare choice in this strained, unsatisfying drama based on Leïla Slimani’s bestselling novel

Peter Bradshaw

08, Jan, 2020 @4:00 PM

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Broadening horizons: the best new fiction in translation
From a Japanese masterpiece to a gothic horror set in Baghdad … which novels to read following the Man Booker International prize

Marta Bausells

22, May, 2019 @5:30 PM

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Adèle by Leïla Slimani review – sex-addiction thriller
The follow-up to Lullaby centres on a modern-day Emma Bovary whose frustrated desires threaten to destroy her family

Lara Feigel

14, Feb, 2019 @9:01 AM

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'An insult': French writers outraged by festival's use of 'sub-English' words
Prominent writers including Leila Slimani have spoken out against the Salon du Livre in Paris’s use of phrases including ‘young adult’, a ‘bookquizz’ and ‘le live’

Alison Flood

04, Feb, 2019 @2:07 PM

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Leïla Slimani: ‘I used to think every human being wanted to be free’
The author of Lullaby and Adele celebrates Julian Barnes’s British humour and reading Anna Karenina for the first time

Leïla Slimani

01, Feb, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Adèle by Leïla Slimani review – a tough read, but a bracing one
A doctor’s wife is hooked on sex with strangers in this elegant, enigmatic follow-up to Lullaby

Alex Clark

29, Jan, 2019 @7:00 AM

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