The new millennium brought with it a fresh wave of optimism and excitement for the future. Zadie Smith's best selling debut novel White Teeth embodied this mood and symbolised a changing of the guard. Smith was lauded with critical acclaim and lavished with media attention — an overnight literary sensation at just 24 years old. With special guest Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at Dialogue Books, we explore the impact of the novel and the legacy of its author.
Content Warning: Mention of suicide
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Select books Sharmaine mentions in the episode:
The Lonely Londoners, Sam Selvon
Second Class Citizen, Buchi Emecheta
The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi
The Black Album, Hanif Kureishi
Blonde Roots, Bernardine Evaristo
Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo
Queenie, Candice Carty Williams
Bridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding
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