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Dazzlingly insightful, explosively funny and ever-timely, Zadie Smith is back with a second unmissable collection of essays.

How much joy can a person tolerate? How many kinds of boredom make up a life? Who owns the story of black America? Should Justin Bieber be more like Socrates? And why is there a dead art collector floating in the swimming pool?

Dazzlingly insightful, explosively funny and ever-timely, Zadie Smith is back with a second unmissable collection of essays. From German Old Masters to the new masters of East Coast rap, from social networks opening lines of communication to national referenda closing doors, Feel Free reaches out in all directions and draws back a rich feast of ideas. Here pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment: dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion.

With the easy intimacy of a local and the piercing clarity of an outsider, Feel Free casts a sharp critical eye over the creative luminaries that have shaped our world: from J. G. Ballard to Karl Ove Knausgaard, Orson Welles to Charlie Kaufman, Joni Mitchell to Beyonce, and far beyond. And it considers the points of contact where the author herself meets this world, where the political meets the personal and critique meets memoir. This electrifying new collection showcases Zadie Smith as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation.

Reviews

Striding with open hearted zest and eloquence between fiction and travel, movies and comedy, family and community in a self-portrait that charts the evolution of a formidable talent

Independent

Dazzling . . . Possessed of both imaginative empathy and an astringent wit, rigorously nonjudgemental yet armed with a state-of-the-art bullshit detector, Zadie Smith's nonfiction glimmers with the same cultural and emotional acuity that illuminated her novels

Time Out New York

Smith's enthusiasm is almost shocking; she breaks the rules established by the black-gowned nerds in universities who kill books by dissecting them . . . It's good to know that, while my body rusts, I can keep my mind stretched and nimble by reading Zadie Smith

Observer

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780241146897

    February 15, 2018

    Hamish Hamilton

    RRP $49.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241146903

    January 29, 2018

    Hamish Hamilton

    RRP $35.00

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
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    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780241971017

    February 1, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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Also by Zadie Smith

Swing Time
Nw
Stop What You're Doing And Read This!
Changing My Mind
On Beauty
The Autograph Man
White Teeth ( Penguin Essentials)

Recommendations

The Odyssey
The Republic
Home and Away
Bit Rot
Quicksand
The Rub of Time
Late Essays
Dear Friend, From My Life I Write To You In Your Life
Flaneuse
Moranifesto
Being There
On Passion
On Doubt
When the Facts Change
Meanjin Vol 76 No 4
There It Is Again
Chronicles of a Liquid Society
Winter
Animals Strike Curious Poses
Meanjin Vol 76 No 2