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  • Published: 17 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241471968
  • Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: $14.99

The Wife of Willesden




A riotous dramatic translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Prologue, brought to glorious life on London's Kilburn High Road.

'Married five times. Mother. Lover. Aunt. Friend.
She plays many roles round here. And never
Scared to tell the whole of her truth, whether
Or not anyone wants to hear it. Wife
Of Willesden: pissed enough to tell her life
Story to whoever has ears and eyes . . .'

Zadie Smith's first time writing for the stage, The Wife of Willesden is a riotous twenty-first century translation of Geoffrey Chaucer's classic The Wife of Bath's Prologue, brought to glorious life on the Kilburn High Road.

Commissioned to celebrate Brent's year as Borough of Culture 2020, The Wife of Willesden premiered at the Kiln Theatre, London in September 2020.

  • Pub date: 17 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241471968
  • Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: $14.99

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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