Leïla Slimani

Leïla Slimani

Leïla Slimani (born 3 October 1981) is a French writer and journalist of Moroccan ancestry. 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. 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, which two years later 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 holds French and Moroccan citizenships.