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Zadie Smith - Author

About the Author

Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975, and continues to live both there and in New York, where she teaches on the Creative Writing programme at NYU.

White Teeth was first published in 2000 and won the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for a First Novel, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the WH Smith Book Award for New Talent, the Frankfurt eBook Award for Best Fiction Work Originally Published in 2000 and both the Commonwealth Writers First Book Award and Overall Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Zadie Smith's other novels are The Autograph Man and On Beauty, which was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2005 and won The Orange Prize for Fiction 2006. She is also author of a collection of essays, Changing my Mind, and the editor of a book of short stories, The Book of Other People.

Her most recent novel is NW.

Featured books by Zadie Smith

Swing Time

Swing Time

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2017

SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2017. A dazzlingly exuberant new novel moving from north west London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, black bodies and black music, what it means to belong, what it means to be free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten either.

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NW

NW

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

NW is Zadie Smith's masterful novel about London life. Zadie Smith's brilliant tragi-comic NW follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - after they've left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel. A portrait of modern urban life, NW is funny, sad and urgent - as brimming with vitality as the city itself.

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NW

NW

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2012

North West London comes vividly to life in NW , the new novel by the author of the bestselling White Teeth and Man Booker-shortlisted On Beauty . This is the story of a city. The north-west corner of a city. Here you'll find guests and hosts, those with power and those without it, people who live somewhere special and others who live nowhere at all. And many people in between. Every city is like this. Cheek-by-jowl living. Separate worlds. And then there are the visitations: the rare times a stranger crosses a threshold without permission or warning, causing a disruption in the whole system. Like the April afternoon a woman came to Leah Hanwell's door, seeking help, disturbing the peace, forcing Leah out of her isolation...Zadie Smith's brilliant tragi-comic new novel follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their London is a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end. Depicting the modern urban zone - familiar to town-dwellers everywhere - Zadie Smith's NW is a quietly devastating novel of encounters, mercurial and vital, like the city itself.

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Other books by Zadie Smith

Der Autogrammhandler

Der Autogrammhandler

Author: Zadie Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2014

"e;Ginger Rogers ist nicht so viel wert, wie man eigentlich glauben sollte."e;Alex-Li Tandem, ein chinesischer Jude aus Nordlondon, Ende zwanzig, ist Autogrammhndler. Er sucht und sammelt, feilscht und handelt - doch richtig interessieren tun ihn die Autogramme schon lange nicht mehr. Nur eine einzige Autogrammkarte lsst die einstige Leidenschaft wieder aufleben und reit Alex-Li aus seiner ausgeprgten Passivitt: Er will unbedingt in den Besitz einer Unterschrift der geheimnisumwitterten Diva Kitty Alexander gelangen, die er seit Jahren verehrt. Alex-Li whnt sich am Ziel seiner Trume, als er eines Tages nicht nur eine Autogrammkarte von seiner Angebeteten erhlt, sondern die Diva ihn auch noch bei einem Deal untersttzen will.Ein wunderbar origineller Roman ber Gtter und Gtzen und den unwiderstehlichen Drang, einmal berhmt zu sein, und sei es nur fr einen Tag.

London NW

London NW

Author: Zadie Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 09/01/2014

Eines der "e;zehn besten Bucher"e; des Jahres 2012 der New York TimesZadie Smiths tragikomischer Roman erzhlt von vier Londonern - Leah, Natalie, Felix und Nathan -, die zwar den sozialen Wohnungsbau ihrer Kindheit verlassen haben, doch bis zum heutigen Tag im Londoner Nordwesten leben, dem eigentlichen Zentrum der Stadt.Leah, Natalie, Felix und Nathan wachsen in einer Hochhaussiedlung auf, wie es sie in jeder Grostadt gibt - immer das Ziel vor Augen, Caldwell eines Tages zu verlassen und etwas Greres, Besseres aus ihrem Leben zu machen. Dreiig Jahre spter sind sie zwar erwachsen, doch richtig weit gekommen sind sie nicht. Nur Natalie hat es scheinbar geschafft. Als erfolgreiche Anwltin gibt sie mit ihrem Mann vornehme Dinnerpartys, auf denen sich ihre weit weniger zielstrebige Freundin Leah und deren Mann Michel alles andere als wohlfhlen. berhaupt sind Natalie und Leah blind fr die Probleme der jeweils anderen und neiden einander das vermeintlich perfekte Leben. Als eine Fremde an Leahs Tr klingelt und sie um Hilfe bittet, berschlagen sich die Ereignisse Zadie Smiths Roman ber North West London, das jenseits der Touristenstrme liegt, ist ein sehr heutiger, schneller, eindringlicher Text ber einen multikulturellen Stadtteil und die Schicksale seiner Bewohner.

NW

NW

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

NW is Zadie Smith's masterful novel about London life. Zadie Smith's brilliant tragi-comic NW follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - after they've left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel. A portrait of modern urban life, NW is funny, sad and urgent - as brimming with vitality as the city itself. Praise for NW: 'Her dialogue sings and soars; terse, packed and sassy. Smith is simply wonderful: Dickens's legitimate daughter' Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'Astonishing, dazzling. Really - without exaggeration - not since Dickens has there been a better observer of London scenes. Zadie Smith is a genius. It's hard to imagine a better novel this year - or this decade' A.N. Wilson 'Intensely funny, richly varied, always unexpected. A joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece. No better English novel will be published this year' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph 'Absolutely brilliant. So electrically authentic' TIME 'Captivating. Funny, sexy, weird, full of acute social comedy, like London. She's up there with the best around' Evening Standard 'Marvellous . . . crackles with reflections on race, music and migration. A lyrical fiction for our times' Spectator 'Undeniably brilliant . . . rush out and buy this book' Observer Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, and of a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People.

NW

NW

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

NW is Zadie Smith's masterful novel about London life. Zadie Smith's brilliant tragi-comic NW follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - after they've left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel. A portrait of modern urban life, NW is funny, sad and urgent - as brimming with vitality as the city itself.

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White Teeth

White Teeth

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

Published in the first month of the first year of the new century, Zadie Smith's debut novel White Teeth - winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the Whitbread First Novel Award - was an immediate bestseller and stunningly acclaimed. One of the most talked about fictional debuts of ever, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book. 'Funny, clever ... and a rollicking good read' Independent 'An astonishingly assured debut, funny and serious ... I was delighted' Salman Rushdie 'The almost preposterous talent was clear from the first pages' Julian Barnes, Guardian 'Quirky, sassy and wise ... a big, splashy, populous production reminiscent of books by Dickens and Salman Rushdie ... demonstrates both an instinctive storytelling talent and a fully fashioned voice that's street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time' New York Times 'Smith writes like an old hand, and, sometimes, like a dream' New Yorker 'Outstanding ... A strikingly clever and funny book with a passion for ideas, for language and for the rich tragic-comedy of life' Sunday Telegraph 'Do believe the hype' The Times 'Relentlessly funny ... idiosyncratic, and deeply felt' Guardian Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays Changing My Mind, and also edited short story anthology The Book of Other People. Zadie Smith was chosen by Granta as one of its twenty best young British novelists in 2003, and as well as to Granta has contributed writing to the New Yorker and the Guardian. Zadie Smith's new novel, NW, is available from September 2012.

Changing My Mind Occasional Essays

Changing My Mind Occasional Essays

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2010

A far-ranging, invigorating and irrepressible collection of essays on literature, cinema, art - and everything in between - from the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN'S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Feel Free and Swing Time 'Alarmingly good' Metro 'Striding with open hearted zest and eloquence between fiction (from EM Forster to David Foster Wallace) and travel, movies and comedy, family and community in a self-portrait that charts the evolution of a formidable talent' Independent 'Supremely good. Smith writes with such infectious zeal and engaging accessibility that it makes you want to turn up at her house and demand tutoring' Dazed 'Brilliant' Vogue

Best European Fiction

Best European Fiction

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/12/2009

On Beauty

On Beauty

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2006

On Beauty by Zadie Smith, author of the prize-winning White Teeth, is a funny, powerful and moving story about love and family. Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful? Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kipps, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family. 'The novel I didn't want to finish, I was enjoying it so much' John Sutherland, Evening Standard 'Thrums with intellectual sass and know-how' Literary Review 'Delightfully entertaining ... filled with humour, generosity and contemporary sparkle' Alex Clark, Daily Telegraph 'My novel of the year ... Delicious' Liz Jones, Evening Standard 'Satirical, wise and sexy' Washington Post 'Heartstopping' The Times Literary Supplement 'A triumph, Smith's comedy shines' Daily Mail 'Ambitious, hugely impressive, beautifully observed' Guardian Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers' First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays Changing My Mind, and also edited short story anthology The Book of Other People. Zadie Smith was chosen by Granta as one of its twenty best young British novelists in 2003, and as well as to Granta has contributed writing to the New Yorker and the Guardian. Zadie Smith's new novel, NW, is available from September 2012.

Autograph Man

Autograph Man

Author: Zadie Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

Zadie Smiths deeply funny, subversive and splendidly entertaining The Autograph Man is a whirlwind tour of celebrity and our fame-obsessed times. Following one Alex-Li Tandem - a twenty-something, Chinese-Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organised religion - it takes in London and New York, love and death, fathers and sons, as Alex tries to discover how a piece of paper can bring him closer to his hearts desire. Exposing our misconceptions about our idols - about ourselves - Zadie Smith delivers in The Autograph Man a brilliant, unforgettable tale about who we are and what we really want to be. A glorious concoction written by our most beguiling and original prose-wizard Independent on Sunday A brilliant comedy with a tantalising throb of mystic philosophy underneath Philip Hensher, Books of the Year, Spectator A pleasure from the first page to the last Evening Standard Intellectually agile ... ecstatic inventiveness Time A classic Spectator Genuinely funny and entertaining Guardian Vibrant, highly imaginative Jewish Chronicle Full of irony, humour, the search for love and the fear of death ... a touching, thoughtful, deeply felt rite-of-passage novel Sunday Telegraph Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. Her debut novel, White Teeth, won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize, and was included in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Her second novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has written two further novels, The Autograph Man and NW, a collection of essays Changing My Mind, and also edited short story anthology The Book of Other People. Zadie Smith was chosen by Granta as one of its twenty best young British novelists in 2003, and as well as to Granta has contributed writing to the New Yorker and the Guardian. Zadie Smiths new novel, NW, is available from September 2012.

The Autograph Man

The Autograph Man

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2003

From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN'S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Swing Time, White Teeth and On Beauty 'A pleasure from the first page to the last' Evening Standard 'A glorious concoction by our most beguiling and original prose-wizard' Independent on Sunday 'Full of humour, the search for love and the fear of death... A touching, thoughtful, deeply felt rite-of-passage novel' Sunday Telegraph The Autograph Man follows one Alex-Li Tandem: a twenty-something Chinese-Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organised religion. From London to New York, love to death, fathers to sons, Alex tries to discover how a piece of paper can bring him closer to his heart's desire. Exposing our misconceptions about our idols - about ourselves - Zadie Smith delivers a brilliant, unforgettable tale about who we are and what we really want to be.

White Teeth

White Teeth

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2001

From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN'S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Swing Time, On Beauty and Grand Union 'BELIEVE THE HYPE' The Times 'The almost preposterous talent was clear from the first pages' Julian Barnes, Guardian 'Street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time' New York Times 'Outstanding' Sunday Telegraph The international bestseller and modern classic of multicultural Britain - an unforgettable portrait of London One of the most talked about debut novels of all time, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book.

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