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  • Published: 17 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141036601
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $22.99

Swing Time

LONGLISTED for the Man Booker Prize 2017




The bestselling, prize-winning, generation-defining Zadie Smith's new unmissable novel out in paperback

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and true identity, how they shape us and how we can survive them. Moving from north-west London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.

Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly 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...

  • Published: 17 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141036601
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $22.99

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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Praise for Swing Time

Superb. One of the most entertaining novels you'll read this year

The Times Literary Supplement

Smith's finest [novel]. Truly marvellous, so extraordinary. Has brilliant things to say about race, class and gender

Observer

A thrilling, multilayered tour-de-force

Los Angeles Times

Smith has never written better. Her dialogue is pitch-perfect, her comic timing masterful

Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

Dazzling

Irish Independent

A true, beautifully executed tragicomedy. Some of the most heart-stoppingly lyrical writing of Smith's career

Scotland on Sunday

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