Zadie Smith

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Narrated By: Don Gilet, Karen Bryson

Duration: 10 hours and 54 minutes

What to expect

From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN'S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Swing Time, White Teeth and On Beauty - a masterful and intimate novel of modern London life

'A triumph. Every sentence sings' Guardian

'Intensely funny, richly varied, always unexpected. A joyous, optimistic, angry masterpiece' Daily Telegraph

'Smith's most satisfying novel. Funny, sexy, weird, full of acute social comedy. She's up there with the best around' Evening Standard

Zadie Smith's brilliant tragicomic NW follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - after they've left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they've made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel. Funny, poignant and vividly contemporary, NW is as brimming with vitality as the city itself.


Modern & contemporary fiction, Narrative theme: Sense of place

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Wonderfully funny. A pleasure from the first page to the last

Evening Standard

Praise for White Teeth:


Praise for The Autograph Man:


Quirky, sassy and wise . . . An instinctive storytelling talent

The New York Times

Wittily inventive . . . Smith is the most naturally gifted young novelist around - with a fastidious ear for differentiated dialogue and a lethally quiet comic touch. Above all, she can move us

Times Literary Supplement

Intellectually agile . . . Ecstatic inventiveness


The outstanding debut of the new millenium


Delightfully entertaining . . . Filled with humour, generosity and contemporary sparkle

Daily Telegraph

Praise for On Beauty:


Smith is an author of sublime gifts

The Herald

Witty and fresh with authenticity . . . White Teeth is one of the best first novels of recent years, characterized by a sharp intelligence, a love of words and a broad range of allusion, both to literature and pop culture