Moroccan-French author Leila Slimani arrives at the Drouant restaurant after she received the Prix Goncourt, in Paris, France, today. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Women of foreign origin won two of France’s highest literary awards on Thursday, with novels about murder. The Moroccan-born author Leila Slimani won(...)

“One must not write what is expected. It’s important for north African writers to show they have other things to say.” Leila Slimani, whose novel In the Garden of the Ogre has just won the Prix La Mamounia literary prize in Morocco. Photograph: C Hélie Gallimard

In the most shocking scene of Leila Slimani’s In the Garden of the Ogre, the main character, Adèle wakes up with her face in an ashtray, crawls on (...)