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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

Satisfying and thoughtful

Daily Telegraph

Publisher's description. Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is Zadie Smith's most ambitious novel yet: 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.

Penguin

Zadie Smith is the best writer of our generation, and Swing Time is her best book to date. As the title promises, the novel swings and pulsates with life, filled with emotion, excited by intellect and haunted by sadness. What a miracle that literature can still do things other forms of art cannot. What a miracle that Zadie Smith is among us, writing.

Gary Shteyngart

[Smith] packs more intelligence, humour and sheer energy into any given scene than anyone else of her generation

Sunday Telegraph

Zadie Smith's finest novel. Extraordinary, virtuosic... [It] does what only literature can and what only great literature will: forces us to assess the very vocabulary with which we speak of human experience

Observer

Endlessly satisfying... [Zadie Smith] has never written better. Pitch-perfect, masterful and sophisticated

Telegraph

Zadie Smith at her finest... [An] unflinching portrait of friendship... [A] triumph

Guardian

Ingenious, inspired... Zadie Smith's new novel is very good indeed

Sunday Times

Shrewd observation and sly satire, profundity and genuine purpose, as well as some of the most heart-stoppingly lyrical writing of her career

Scotland on Sunday

A powerful story of lives marred by secrets, unfulfilled potential, the unjustness of the world...and the dances people do to rise above it all

Economist

Clever, funny, confident and kind. Her gift for language is a pleasure and her character shines through

Evening Standard

A sweeping meditation on race and identity... [Smith's] most ambitious work yet

Esquire

A nuanced, richly rewarding tale

Mail on Sunday

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