Book of the Week: Feel Free
"Recognising the reality of other people – and having them recognise the reality of you – is at the heart of the matter"
No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has boundless curiosity and the boundless wit to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion. This electrifying new collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation.
"Eclectic in her tastes, centrifugal in her style, Smith as an essayist loves to stretch her frame. Moving from wit towards wisdom, she explores the rolling hinterland behind our fads and trends.... Her bracing pluralism mandates respect for the art of freedom that crosses borders and, fearlessly, creates all sorts of other people" - Financial Times
"Engrossing... An astute essayist... Should you read this brilliant book? Answer: absolutely" - The Independent
"It's good to know that, while my body rusts, I can keep my mind stretched and nimble by reading Zadie Smith" - Observer