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  • Published: 20 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241983126
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

Grand Union




The first ever collection of stories from the bestselling and beloved author of Swing Time and White Teeth

In the summer of 1959, an Antiguan immigrant in north-west London lives the last day of his life.A mother looks back on her early forays into matters of the human heart, considering the destructive nature of desire.A disgraced cop stands amid the broken shards of his life, unable to move forward into a future that holds no place for him.A teenager chases spectres through virtual reality, trailed by a little girl with a runny nose and no surviving family.We all take a much-needed break from this mess, on a package holiday where the pool's electric blue is endless, while political and environmental collapse happen far away to someone else.Zadie Smith presents a sharply alert and slyly prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.

  • Published: 20 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241983126
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time, as well as The Embassy of Cambodia and the essay collection, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of TheBook of Other People, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has twice been listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists. She has won the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award among many others, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.

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