Antoine Leiris

You Will Not Have My Hate
  • You Will Not Have My Hate

  • 'A beacon of hope in a dark world' Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Pool

    One night in November 2015, when Antoine Leiris was at home looking after his baby son, his wife Hélène was killed, along with 88 other people, at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. Three days later, Antoine wrote an open letter to his wife’s killers on Facebook. He refused to be cowed or to let his baby son’s life be defined by their acts. ‘For as long as he lives, this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom,’ he wrote. Instantly, that short post caught fire and was shared thousands of times around the world. An extraordinary and heartbreaking memoir, You Will Not Have My Hate is a universal message of hope and resilience in our troubled times.

A former cultural commentator for France Info and France Bleu, Antoine Leiris is a journalist working in Paris. His first book, You Will Not Have My Hate, told the story of his wife's death in the Bataclan terrorist attack and how he and his baby son coped in the weeks after her murder.

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