Zadie Smith the Novelist

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Novelist Zadie Smith is present born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. She understand writing English at Cambridge, graduating in 1997.

Her highly praised initial novel, White Teeth (2000), is a vibrant portrait of up to date multicultural London, told through the story of three racially diverse families. The book won a number of awards and prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book). It also won two EMMA (BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Awards) for most excellent put your name down for/Novel and Best Female Media Newcomer, and was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Author's Club First Novel Award. White Teeth has been translated into over twenty languages and was adapted for Channel 4 TV for broadcast in autumn 2002.

Her tenure as Writer in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts resulted in the publication of an anthology of erotic stories entitled Piece of Flesh (2001).

More recently, she has written the introduction for The Burned Children of America (2003), a collection of eighteen short stories by a new generation of young American writers.

Zadie Smith's second novel, The Autograph Man (2002), a story of loss, fascination and the nature of celebrity, won the 2003 Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Fiction. In 2003 she was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of adolescent British Novelists'. She is at present a Radcliff Fellow at Harvard institution of higher education.