Zadie Smith

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James McAvoy opens up about his ‘slight’ issue with British writers
The actor, now starring in His Dark Materials, says his confidence plunged when Ian McEwan and Zadie Smith questioned his casting in previous roles

Vanessa Thorpe

11, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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US judge blocks $2.2bn Penguin Random House merger
Justice department argued the melding of the publishing house with Simon & Schuster would harm competition and authors’ pay

Dominic Rushe and agencies

01, Nov, 2022 @12:30 AM

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‘I’ve denied it for years, but Taylor Swift really can write’: Ben Bailey Smith’s honest playlist
The actor and standup – AKA Doc Brown – cracks out Bowie at parties and wants the Beatles played at his funeral. But what does he unleash at karaoke?

As told to Rich Pelley

18, Jul, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Where to start with: Zadie Smith
Not sure whether to read or revisit White Teeth, or go for one of the celebrated author’s other works? Novelist Yara Rodrigues Fowler who was “raised” on Smith has a handy guide

Yara Rodrigues Fowler

27, May, 2022 @11:13 AM

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Nikesh Shukla: ‘Reading Spider-Man made me feel less alone’
The author and screenwriter on his love of comic books, James Baldwin’s moral fury, and how The Buddha of Suburbia is one of the funniest books ever written

Nikesh Shukla

18, Feb, 2022 @10:00 AM

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The week in theatre: The Wife of Willesden; Rare Earth Mettle – review
The Wife of Bath is wonderfully at home in 21st-century Brent in Zadie Smith’s inspired reworking of Chaucer

Susannah Clapp

21, Nov, 2021 @10:30 AM

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The Wife of Willesden review – Zadie Smith’s boozy lock-in is a bawdy treat
Kiln theatre, London
The author’s debut play lets one of Chaucer’s most revolutionary characters loose in modern-day Kilburn in a celebration of community and a life well-lived

Kate Wyver

18, Nov, 2021 @9:12 AM

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On the Road to Bridget Jones: five books that define each generation
Blake Morrison on boomers, Chris Power on Gen X, Megan Nolan on millennials and Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé on Gen Z … which books shaped your generation?

Blake Morrison, Chris Power, Megan Nolan Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and Steven Poole

19, Jun, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Top 10 books about public spaces | Jonathan Lee
From Toni Morrison and Zadie Smith to Peter Benchley, novelist Jonathan Lee chooses books that celebrate areas where strangers can mingle and be less alone

Jonathan Lee

16, Jun, 2021 @10:03 AM

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Yvonne Bailey-Smith: ‘I was terrified of giving Zadie my manuscript’
As she joins the family business, the author tells how her career in healthcare and her own early life informed her debut novel, The Day I Fell Off My Island

Claire Armitstead

06, Jun, 2021 @9:00 AM

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He Who Must Not Be Named: why is Trump unnamed in so many books?
‘The dictator’, ‘this man’, ‘the president’ – over the last four years, authors have gone out of their way to avoid Trump’s name. But why?

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

23, Nov, 2020 @2:17 PM

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Elena Ferrante names her 40 favourite books by female authors
List by pseudonymous author of beloved Neapolitan novels includes Zadie Smith, Sally Rooney and several Italian classics

Sian Cain

21, Nov, 2020 @12:01 AM

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