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Zadie Smith interview

Zadie Smith interview

In this Man Booker Prize 2017 longlisted author interview Zadie Smith speaks to us about the strong year it’s been for fiction and that she could imagine ten different longlists.

What has it been like to be longlisted?

Cheering. It was such a strong year for fiction. As a reader I could envision ten different longlists and they would all have been worthwhile. I’m glad to be anywhere in the mix.

What are you working on next?

I’m copy-editing a book of essays.

What are you reading at the moment?

I just finished a very fine graphic novel called Driving Short Distances by Joff Winterhart and a whip-smart new novel by Camille Bordas: How to Behave in a Crowd.

What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?

Either The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis or Disgrace by JM Coetzee.

Would a composite of the two girls at the centre of Swing Time offer the best chance of successfully negotiating the travails of class, gender and colour they face?

No, a socially equitable and politically restructured Britain would do that.

Swing Time