Leïla Slimani

Leila Slimani won the Goncourt Prize in 2016 - one of only nine women in the last hundred years to do so. Perhaps this says something about the prize, but it should take nothing away from the fact that the Moroccan-French author is a very central figure in French literature. Not only has she established herself as a novelist, but also as a journalist, essayist and adviser to the incumbent president. Slimani's writing is in the postcolonial tradition and she has contributed work that has revitalised this field in a way very much her own. Her award-winning novel, Chanson Douce, was published in English in 2018, as Lullaby.