Lullaby: the intense and gripping literary thriller
Join us for a very special event to welcome Leila Slimani, winner of the Protected content Goncourt (France’s most prestigious literary prize) to mark the English release of Lullaby, the intense and gripping literary thriller, that took France by storm.
The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds.
When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband are forced to look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale 10th arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.
The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. As jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myrian and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered. Lullaby (deemed the French Gone Girl) is a compulsive, riveting and bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity and motherhood – and the English-language debut of an immensely talented writer.
'A taut and exquisitely written novel that will keep you up all night desperately turning the pages. This book is insanely good.’ Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeral
'A masterpiece: a brilliant exploration of the collision of race, gender, and class wrapped up in a gripping psychological thriller. I absolutely loved it – and read it in one sitting.' Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
'Terrifying and haunting, Lullaby is every parent's worst nightmare. You won't read a smarter, more chilling book this year. It's wonderful.' Mel McGrath, author of Silvertown and Give Me The Child
Leila Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Goncourt. Her first novel, The Ogre’s Garden – forthcoming from Faber in Protected content won the Prix La Mamounia. Slimani is a journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights. She lives in Paris with her husband and two young children. In Protected content was appointed by President Macron to promote French language and culture in the role of Francophone affairs minister.
Sam Taylor is a translator of HHhH by Laurent Binet and You Will Not Have My Hatred by Antoine Leiris.
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