© Catherine Hélie – Éditions Gallimard

Leïla Slimani is a writer and journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights. she is the first Franco-Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, for Lullaby, which remained in the top 10 of best-selling novels for seven weeks after it was published in the UK, in a translation by Sam Taylor. Her first novel, The Ogre’s Garden, won the Prix La Mamounia. In 2017 she was appointed by President Macron to promote French language and culture.