**All tickets include a copy of Intimations posted directly to your door**

A rare opportunity to join prize-winning author Zadie Smith as she reflects on these extraordinary times, and what this new unfamiliar world reveals about the world that came before it, documented in the six profound essays in her new collection Intimations.

What does it mean to submit to a new reality - or to resist it? How do we compare relative sufferings? In our isolation, what do other people mean to us? How do we think about them? What is the relationship between time and work? These are just some of the questions that Zadie Smith asks in Intimations, written in the early months of lockdown. 

Don’t miss this chance to join one of our most clear-sighted and essential writers for an evening of reflection, and an exploration of what should come next.  Zadie Smith will be in conversation with Shahidha Bari.

This event takes place on publication day for Intimations, so it will be posted out by the bookshop and you should receive it in the week following the event.

  • Intimations

  • One of Time Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020 and an FT Best Book of the Year

    Thought-provoking and deeply consoling, a perfectly distilled set of essays on the strangest year many of us have experienced, from one of our wisest and most humane thinkers

    'As well as offering a new guide to living in a wild, messy and unfair world, Smith provides a reminder that we can use this crisis to imagine a better one' Evening Standard

    Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of essays on the experience of lockdown, by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time

    From the critically acclaimed author of Feel Free, Swing Time, White Teeth and many more

    'There will be many books written about the year 2020: historical, analytic, political and comprehensive accounts. This is not any of those - the year isn't half-way done. What I've tried to do is organize some of the feelings and thoughts that events, so far, have provoked in me, in those scraps of time the year itself has allowed. These are above all personal essays: small by definition, short by necessity.'

    Crafted with the sharp intelligence, wit and style that have won Zadie Smith millions of fans, and suffused with a profound intimacy and tenderness in response to these unprecedented times, Intimations is a vital work of art, a gesture of connection and an act of love - an essential book in extraordinary times.

    'Zadie Smith is a marvel - her soulfulness, her sensitivity, her ability to write . . . She doesn't try to make grand statements but just leaves you with the sense that you're in the company of someone who can help you feel things deeply' Tom Hollander in the Guardian

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