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20191001 (BBC7)

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection where she offers sharp, and often funny, insights and observations on high culture, pop culture, social change, political debate and the personal. Today, she reflects on growing up in multicultural London in the 1980s.

Feel Free is an electrifying selection of Zadie Smith published essays from the last eight years. Wide ranging, timely and witty each essay is a perceptive view of the contemporary world from one of the best regarded writers of her generation.

Zadie Smith is the award winning author of the novels, White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time. Feel Free is her second essay collection. She was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. Her 2000 debut White Teeth, won numerous literary awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. Zadie Smith is a professor of fiction at New York University.

Read by Zadie Smith
Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2018.

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Read by Zadie Smith
Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

022018052820191001 (BBC7)
20191002 (BBC7)

Some lessons on the connection between writing and dancing.

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection where she offers sharp, and sometimes funny, insights and observations on high culture, pop culture, social change, political debate and the personal.

Zadie Smith is the award winning author of the novels, White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time. Feel Free is her second essay collection. She was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. Her 2000 debut White Teeth, won numerous literary awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. Zadie Smith is a professor of fiction at New York University.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2018.

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

032018052820191002 (BBC7)
20191003 (BBC7)

The talk Zadie gave in Berlin on 10th November, 2016 on receiving the Welt Literature Prize, where she offers some reasons for optimism and despair.

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection where she offers sharp, and sometimes funny, insights and observations on high culture, pop culture, social change, political debate and the personal.

Zadie Smith is the award winning author of the novels, White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time. Feel Free is her second essay collection. She was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. Her 2000 debut White Teeth, won numerous literary awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. Zadie Smith is a professor of fiction at New York University.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2018.

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

042018052820191003 (BBC7)
20191004 (BBC7)

Zadie's inaugural Philip Roth Lecture, given at the Newark Public Library on 27 October 2016, where she airs some thoughts on the art and practice of writing fiction.

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection where she offers sharp, and sometimes funny, insights and observations on high culture, pop culture, social change, political debate and the personal.

Zadie Smith is the award winning author of the novels, White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time. Feel Free is her second essay collection. She was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. Her 2000 debut White Teeth, won numerous literary awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. Zadie Smith is a professor of fiction at New York University.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2018.

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

052018052820191004 (BBC7)
20191005 (BBC7)

Some thoughts on the Alte Frau, an enigmatic painting of a woman by the German painter Balthasar Denner.

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection where she offers sharp, and sometimes funny, insights and observations on high culture, pop culture, social change, political debate and the personal.

Zadie Smith is the award winning author of the novels, White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time. Feel Free is her second essay collection. She was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. Her 2000 debut White Teeth, won numerous literary awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. Zadie Smith is a professor of fiction at New York University.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2018.

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres