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Leïla Slimani: Adèle

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.

An unflinching examination of class, race, power and motherhood, Lullaby was Slimani’s first novel to be translated into English and has since won readers around the world.

Appointed as French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture, Leïla Slimani is a vital cultural voice and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights.

Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, she lives in Paris with her husband and their two young children.

Hear from one of the most exciting international literary talents to emerge in recent years as she reflects on writing about sex, addiction and the dark side of domestic life. What do her gripping narratives tell us about contemporary France, Europe as a whole and our shared humanity?

Journalist and editor Sam Baker has edited some of the UK's biggest magazines, including Just Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Red, during her 20-year career in magazine journalism. In 2015, she co-founded The Pool with broadcaster Lauren Laverne, with a mission to celebrate and amplify women's voices.

The Pool was awarded Best Mobile Lifestyle Site/App at the Webbys (the digital Oscars) and also won four Lovies (the digital BAFTAs). A regular broadcaster and host, she has judged the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Costa Novel Award and the British Book Awards and is the author of five novels.

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For ages 16+

Event information
Copies of Adèle are available to buy for £9.99 (original price £12.99) ahead of the UK publication date, when you buy a ticket to this event. You can collect your copy at the event.

Join the author for a book signing in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer after this event, for a limited time only.