Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

In a collection of essays on books, films, travel and family, Zadie Smith reveals herself to be an invigorating writer of non-fiction. ‘This is not the way critics are supposed to comport themselves,’ Peter Conrad wrote in the Observer. ‘Smith’s enthusiasm is almost shocking; she breaks the rules established by the black-gowned, gruel-blooded nerds in universities who murder books by dissecting them, reduce poems and novels to texts which are no more than snarled networks of verbal signals and revenge themselves on the literature they secretly hate by writing badly about it. Reading for Smith is a mind-changing, life-giving, soul-saving affair and her criticism has a missionary urgency.’

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From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, ...