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Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of essays on the experience of lockdown, by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time.

From the critically acclaimed author of Feel Free, Swing Time, White Teeth and many more.

'There will be many books written about the year 2020: historical, analytic, political and comprehensive accounts. This is not any of those - the year isn't half-way done. What I've tried to do is organize some of the feelings and thoughts that events, so far, have provoked in me, in those scraps of time the year itself has allowed. These are above all personal essays: small by definition, short by necessity.'

Crafted with the sharp intelligence, wit and style that have won Zadie Smith millions of fans and suffused with a profound intimacy and tenderness in response to these unprecedented times, Intimations is a vital work of art, a gesture of connection and an act of love - an essential book in extraordinary times.

©2020 Zadie Smith (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Beautiful

Beautifully read and beautifully written. I really enjoyed this powerful and moving collection of essays.

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Profound and important

Zadie Smith reading her own thoughts and analysis of current events and issues absolutely captivated my thinking. A must read for anyone wanting to understand empathy, contempt and suffering in the context of 2020. Cleverly managing to both leave me feeling heard and inspired to do better without feeling overindulged or scolded respectively.

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Brilliant essays

Very inciteful short essays. Always enjoy this author and looking forward to reading more of her work.

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So eloquently captures the complexity of feeling

of these Corona times. Loved it. I only wish it was longer! Going to listen again :)

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Beautiful

Love her words and her voice. One of my favourite writers and thos book is so much fun.

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Brilliant

This is a great read and a vivid, heartfelt reflection on the extraordinary times we're living in. They'll make kids and students read this on their history courses in the future. I thought 'Postscript: Contempt As A Virus' in particular was absolutely excellent and all the better for being so angry.

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Read it!

To put to words what’s underneath peoples extra layers of skin, is so much more than “something to do”. That is making the larger unconscious avaialble to all.

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powerful, honest and real.

Her writing is so honest. the way she talks about love and compassion, it made me cry a few times. the way she talks about being a writer, her neighbourhood and acquaintances made me laugh. As a woman of a similar age and background, this book really resonated with me. I felt like it was my sister speaking. If only a few more people could be this honest, there would be a lot less BS in the world.

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A real "test of my physical and moral courage"

This is one of the most powerfully provocative things I have ever read. I love the humanity, the holding of despair before us and in places the relief of humourous absurdity which Zadie Smith achieves. I am now required ever more to examine the delusions which I have so loyally served.

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Incredible

This is just what's needed right now. Conclusive reflection of the fully known. Very enjoyable.