Category Archives: Zadie Smith

‘Travelling in a Strange Land’ David Park

Sometimes, I think you can tell the mettle of a writer not by the first lines of their novels but the last. Take Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’ (not her best novel, of course, but no one can doubt her talent) … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Just the one book this week – and something from the Booker Prize longlist: ‘Elmet’ by Fiona Mozley. This year’s longlist is a bit of an odd one. Of the books I’ve read only one deserves to be there: ‘Reservoir … Continue reading

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Swing Time – Zadie Smith

‘It was the first day of my humiliation. Put on a plane, sent back home, to England, set up with a temporary rental in St. John’s Wood.’ In her London exile,¬†our narrator remembers her childhood obsession with dance and musicals, … Continue reading

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Hot milk, hot!

A quick roundup of my books of the year, so far… I couldn’t have been more pleased to see Deborah Levy’s ‘Hot Milk’ on this year’s Booker Prize long list. It’s a mesmerising, psychological tale of mothers and daughters and … Continue reading

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