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.
Praise for On Beauty:
Smith is an author of sublime gifts
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
Delightfully entertaining . . . Filled with humour, generosity and contemporary sparkle
Praise for The Autograph Man:
Wonderfully funny. A pleasure from the first page to the last
Intellectually agile . . . Ecstatic inventiveness
Praise for White Teeth:
The outstanding debut of the new millenium
Quirky, sassy and wise . . . An instinctive storytelling talent
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