No. 6, The Governesses


No. 6, The Governesses


Translated by Mark Hutchinson

First English edition published 2 April 2019

Listed in the Financial Times’ Summer Reads 2019
Shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Awards in fiction 2019
Best Books in Fiction 2018, Publishers Weekly 

Written with the elegance of old French fables, the dark sensuality of Djuna Barnes and the subtle comedy of Robert Walser, this warped erotic fairy tale of a novella introduces UK readers to the marvellous Anne Serre.

In a large country house, shut off from the world within a gated garden, three young women responsible for the education of a group of little boys are hanging paper lanterns for a party. Their desires, however, lie elsewhere... Meet The Governesses: wild or drifting about in a sated, melancholy calm; spied upon by Monsieur Austeur, fascinated by the ever more mysterious unfolding of events, like the charms and spells of a midsummer night's dream…

‘Prim and racy, seriously weird and seriously excellent.’ – The New York Times
‘A cruel and exhilarating book.’ Marie Claire
‘A sensualist, surrealist romp.’ – Kirkus Reviews
‘A rollicking, not-suitable-for-work fable about three young governesses not particularly well suited to work.’ – LitHub
‘The story, classical in appearance, soon jolts us out of our sleepy way.’ – Le Monde
Latest Must Reads’, France 24, 6 Feb. 2019

Read exclusive excerpt in The London Magazine, Granta. and in TANK

108 pages, paperback, isbn 978-0-993003-9-6

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