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Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
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The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, best-selling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays.

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.

©2017 Zadie Smith (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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Apples and diamonds

The American accent the reader does is truly abominable - nobody speaks like that. Otherwise, a nice collection of essays, some truly profound, others (in particular the ones on visual art) are whimsical and self-disqualifying.

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Fascinating

This woman really knows how to write. I feel like I've been kicked in the head. How would I describe these essays? Complex, insightful, elegant, enjoyable, beautiful, varied, and cerebrally challenging. On the flip side, frequently inaccessible, dull, overblown, and wordy. Definitely need 'three' shredded wheaties in the tank for this one. Still and all, worth the journey.

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Thoughtful, topical and a joy

I love Zadie Smith’s novels and reading her essays I feel like I get to know her more as a person and it’s a very rewarding and educational experience. Her essays are diverse in topic and always fascinating. Often I have followed up the people or art works she describes with great engagement. Loved this so much I am on my second reading and there might be a third. Highly recommended to anyone who likes to have their thoughts stimulated and their world expanded.

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A true work of art

I am an avid reader of Smith's fictional work and thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant book