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Swing Time 1

Unsigned Paperback

by Zadie Smith
Publication Date: 15/11/2016
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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 . . .

Contemporary fiction
Publication Date:
Penguin UK
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
1st Edition
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Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty and NW, as well as The Embassy of Cambodia and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind.

She 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 lives in London and New York with her husband and two children. Swing Time is her fifth novel.

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  • One of Zadie's Best

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    Family, friendship, race, class and country. In Swing Time, Zadie Smith challenges these defining notions - how they entrap us and how we transcend them. It's a truly incredible novel that stretches from North London to West Africa, sharply written the whole way.

    Short chapters connect the decades and continents as the unnamed narrator's life drifts away from her. Startling in its humanity and electric in its composition, Swing Time is a novel to get you dancing.