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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

Early in the morning, late in the century, Cricklewood Broadway

One of the most talked about first novels 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.

  • Published: 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, NW and Swing Time, as well as The Embassy of Cambodia and the essay collection, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of TheBook of Other People, 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 is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books.

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Praise for White Teeth

Funny, clever ... and a rollicking good read


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


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