Book launch of Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons on Belgravia Books Blog

‘As Maggie Gee said, writing about sex is nothing new. But writing about it and doing it well is a talent  of only a few, and Grazyna Plebanek is one of those few…Yes, there is a fair amount of graphic erotic scenes in the novel, but they are there for a reason. Plebanek writes about sex with responsibility, good taste and, more importantly, as a tool to give meaning and credibility to her characters. That’s what differentiates Illegal Liaisons from you-know-which other novels.’ Blogravia



Praise for Illegal Liaisons

‘Powerfully erotic and intelligent, this novel, set in the political capital of the new Europe, shows risk-taking, glossy young professionals changing lanes at top speed between sex, parenthood and work as they race after love and meaning.’ Maggie Gee, author of My CleanerThe White Family (shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and Orange Prize for Fiction), My Animal Life.

‘Intense and fascinating novel that questions the norm of family life as well the necessity of monogamy and the morality of sex…Plebanek’s writing is unembarrassed about sex and emotions, and is charged with a deep sadness as well as eroticism…thoughtful, unashamed, brave, and ultimately beautiful.’Little Words

‘Plebanek is exceptionally good at depicting the dynamics of relationships… the author captures the minute shifts in the way we relate to one another that force us to renegotiate our place in the world every day, if not every hour…a very good read. As a chronicler of domestic dynamics, Plebanek is up there with the best of them. This, the first of her novels to be translated into English, deserves to do well.’ A Year of Reading the World

‘A novel of deception, where all the main characters are playing games, at once trying escape their pasts but also continually being coloured by rootlessness and disruption.’ To Be Read


Read an interview with Grażyna Plebanek.

Read Danusia Stok’s reflections on translating Illegal Liaisons.

Grażyna Plebanek’s Illegal Liaisons is published on 15 October.

But the book on Amazon.