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Zadie Smith in Conversation

Ted Hodgkinson & Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith on writing tighter sentences, the ‘essential hubris’ of criticism and why novelists prefer writing in their pyjamas.

Ted Hodgkinson

Ted Hodgkinson is the previous online editor at Granta. He was a judge for the 2012 Costa Book Awards’ poetry prize, announced earlier this year. He managed the Santa Maddalena Foundation in Tuscany, the affiliated Gregor Von Rezzori Literary Prize and still serves as an advisor. His stories have appeared in Notes from the Underground and The Mays and his criticism in the Times Literary Supplement. He has an MA in English from Oxford and an MFA from Columbia.

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Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith was born in London. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005 and won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006. She is also the author of Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays and the editor of several anthologies, including the Book of Other People. Her most recent novel is NW, chosen as one of the ‘Ten Best Books of 2012’ by the New York Times. She was one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003.

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