Leïla Slimani

  • Born: (Rabat, Morocco)

Franco-Moroccan writer and journalist. In 2016 she was awarded the Prix Goncourt for her novel Chanson douce.

Slimani was born in Rabat, Morocco and left at the age of 17 for Paris to study political science and media studies at the Sciences Po and ESCP Europe. After her graduation she temporarily considered a career as an actress but began to work as a journalist for the magazine Jeune Afrique. In 2014 she published her first novel Dans le jardin de l’ogre ("In the Garden of the Ogre") and she received the Moroccan La Mamounia literary award for it, as the first first female author. Two years later, Dans le jardin de l’ogre was followed by the psychological thriller Chanson douce. The latter quickly turned into a bestseller with over 76,000 copies printed within three months even before the book was awarded the Prix Goncourt.

Slimani's novel Chanson douce made her the most-read author in France in 2016. It has been translated into various languages; the English translation of her novel was published in 2018 as The Perfect Nanny in the US and as Lullaby in the UK.

Slimani holds French and Moroccan citizenships.

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