Book of the Month: Lullaby

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Lullaby is a compulsive, riveting and bravely-observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity and motherhood

About the book

When Myriam, a brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work, she and her husband are forced to look for the perfect caretaker of their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, tends to the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and hosts enviable birthday parties.

As time goes on, the couple and their nanny become more and more dependent on each other. And as jealousy, resentment, and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul's idyllic tableau is shattered.

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About the author

Leila Slimani

Leïla Slimani's Lullaby garnered much praise and acclaim – including winning the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize. Her first novel, Dans le jardin de l’ogre (to be published as Adèle by Faber & Faber in 2019), also won the Prix La Mamounia. Slimani is a French-Moroccan journalist and frequent commentator on women's and human rights. She lives in Paris with her husband and two young children.

The English version of Lullaby has been translated from the French by Sam Taylor.

Leila says: “I am so grateful that the Mumsnet Book Club has selected Lullaby. I wanted to explore contemporary maternity – what does it mean, today, to be a mother, a woman, and a professional at the same time?”

What our bloggers thought

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The Mummy Bubble

“This ranks as one of my scariest thrillers of all time – because it plays on a fear that is so very, very real in our minds.”

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Max and Mummy blog

“More than just a psychological thriller, it's a smart and complex read that will leave you with more questions than answers. But I don't think you need them to fit all the pieces together.”

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Island Living 365

“While perhaps not to everyone's taste, it has the marks of a masterpiece – especially the languid unpicking of the central characters. As the reader, even though you know how it ends, it feels like a race against time.”

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Helpful Mum

“An excellent commentary on motherhood, class, and gender. It left me feeling shaken and mildly disturbed at what I had read.”

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Five Little Doves

“Undoubtedly one of the darkest, most mesmerising books I have read – it will stay with me for a long time to come.”

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Hi Baby

“Everything seemed so perfect, that I forgot the grizzly opening and wondered where I might get my very own Louise…”

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Get involved

If you're interested in joining us, do grab yourself a copy or download the audiobook. First, check out the book by reading the extract below.

Read Chapter 1 of Lullaby

Listen to an extract

Author webchat

Leïla Slimani will be joining us to answer questions about Lullaby on Tuesday 11 September between 9 and 10 pm.

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