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by Leilah Slimani
The book cover for Lullaby by Leilah Slimani

Thought-provoking page-turner is a real literary discovery

That Leilah Slimani’s Lullaby won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in her native France is little surprise: a sentence or two in and its literary assurance is clear.

From the start, the reader is starkly aware of the ghastly crime that has occurred and very shortly afterwards, the culprit, but that in no way detracts from the reader’s pleasure as this is no simple domestic noir.

Lullaby is the story of a middle class French couple who struggle to juggle their professional lives, marriage and small children and think they’ve hit the jackpot when they hire Louise, who presents herself as a competent, compassionate and hardworking nanny. And indeed she is, but, as Louise makes herself a key part of the family, tensions develop as she and the family rely more and more on one another.

A beautifully paced study of class, power and status, I wolfed Lullaby down in one sitting

Posted on 5th January 2018