No. 6, The Governesses


No. 6, The Governesses


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

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

Best Books in Fiction 2018, Publishers Weekly 
Longlisted and fiction finalist for Best Translated Book Awards, 2019

Read exclusive excerpt in The London Magazine and in Granta.

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