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

Swing Time

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

How do we become who we are?
Can we ever truly escape our origins?
Must we dance to the music of our time?

Set in London, New York and West Africa, Swing Time is about two brown girls from Willesden who dream of being dancers. Only one - Tracey - has the talent. But the other has ideas which take her further than she could ever have imagined. It is a story of finding happiness in the meanest of places and feeling sad when all around you are happy. It's about the choices we make and the choices made for us. Above all, it's a tale of the friendships that anchor us, define us, and change us forever.

  • Pub date: 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 The Book 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”


“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


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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