> Skip to content

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

No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social media to the environment, Tarantino to Jay-Z to Knausgaard, she has boundless curiosity and the boundless wit, insight and wisdom to match. In Feel Free, 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.

This electrifying new collection showcases its author 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

Read More

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780241146903

    January 29, 2018

    Hamish Hamilton

    RRP $35.00

    Online retailers

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

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Hardback

    9780241146897

    February 15, 2018

    Hamish Hamilton

    RRP $49.99

    Online retailers

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

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780241971017

    February 1, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Zadie Smith

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

Recommendations

The Rub of Time
There It Is Again
The Histories
The Odyssey
The Republic
Home and Away
Bit Rot
Quicksand
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
Chronicles of a Liquid Society
Winter
Animals Strike Curious Poses