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  • Published: 14 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241981399
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $26.00

White Teeth




Zadie Smith's astonishingly accomplished first novel, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

Zadie Smith's White Teeth is a classic international bestseller and an unforgettable portrait of London, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time.

One of the most talked about fictional debuts ever, White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing - among many other things - with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle, it is a life-affirming, riotous must-read of a book.

  • Pub date: 14 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241981399
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975. She 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 also the editor of The Book of Other People. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple literary awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beautywas shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and lives in London and New York with her husband and two children. Her next novel, Swing Time, is forthcoming in autumn 2016.

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Praise for White Teeth

“Funny, clever ... and a rollicking good read”

Independent

“An astonishingly assured début, funny and serious . . . I was delighted”

Salman Rushdie

“The almost preposterous talent was clear from the first pages”

Julian Barnes, Guardian

“Quirky, sassy and wise . . . a big, splashy, populous production reminiscent of books by Dickens and Salman Rushdie . . . demonstrates both an instinctive storytelling talent and a fully fashioned voice that's street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical all at the same time”

New York Times

“Smith writes like an old hand, and, sometimes, like a dream”

New Yorker

“Outstanding . . . A strikingly clever and funny book with a passion for ideas, for language and for the rich tragic-comedy of life”

Sunday Telegraph

“Do believe the hype”

The Times

“Relentlessly funny . . . idiosyncratic, and deeply felt”

Guardian


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