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Leila Slimani: Adele

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In an exclusive UK appearance before the publication of her highly anticipated new novel, Adèle, see the author of Lullaby in conversation with Sam Baker.

In her new novel, Leïla Slimani turns her focus on a woman who appears to have it all, working as a journalist and living with her surgeon husband and their young son in an idyllic Parisian apartment.

Beneath the surface, Adèle’s boredom with her existence compels her to pursue a string of one-night stands and extramarital affairs, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making.

Written with fierce intelligence and arresting clarity, Adèle is an erotic thriller that explores addiction and sexuality in contemporary Paris.

Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, for Lullaby. A chilling and compulsive story of contemporary Parisian life, it follows a couple who hire the seemingly perfect nanny only to discover she has murdered both their children.

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