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On Beauty
By Zadie Smith

On Beauty

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On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Book Awards

  • Winner of Somerset Maugham Award 2006.
  • Winner of Orange Prize 2006.
  • Shortlisted for Orange Youth Panel Prize 2010.
  • Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Writer of the Year 2006.
  • Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2005.

Book Description

Zadie Smith's On Beauty is a funny, powerful and moving story about love and family. Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful? Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kipps, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family. "The novel I didn't want to finish, I was enjoying it so much." (John Sutherland, Evening Standard). "Thrums with intellectual sass and know-how." (Literary Review). "Delightfully entertaining...filled with humour, generosity and contemporary sparkle." (Alex Clark, Daily Telegraph). "My novel of the year...Delicious." (Liz Jones, Evening Standard). "Satirical, wise and sexy." (Washington Post). "Heartstopping." (The Times Literary Supplement). "A triumph, Smith's comedy shines." (Daily Mail). "Ambitious, hugely impressive, beautifully observed." (Guardian).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141019451
ISBN-10: 014101945X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 28mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Tells a story that takes us deep into the life of a young woman, Fatou, domestic servant to the Derawals and escapee from one set of hardships to another. Beginning and ending outside the Embassy of Cambodia, in London, this book suggests how the apparently small things in an ordinary life always raise larger, more extraordinary questions.

Ermine in Czernopol by Zadie Smith Ermine in Czernopol, Paperback (March 2012)

A classic early novel from the author of The Snows of Yesteryear and Memoirs of an Anti-Semite, now available in the first ever complete English translation.

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Author Biography - 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 Beauty was 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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