“I never attended a creative writing class in my life. I have a horror of them; most writers groups moonlight as support groups for the kind of people who think that writing is therapeutic. Writing is the exact opposite of therapy.” —Zadie Smith
Novelist Zadie Smith was born Sadie Smith on October 27th, 1975 in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother. Smith is celebrated as one of Britain’s most talented young authors.
White Teeth, her first novel, won awards for Best Book and Best Female Newcomer at the BT Emma Awards (Ethnic and Multicultural Media Awards), the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for a first novel in 2000, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction 2000, the WH Smith Book Award for New Talent, the Frankfurt eBook Award for Best Fiction Work Originally Published in 2000 and both the Commonwealth Writers First Book Award and Overall Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Her other novels, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, were shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2005 and won The Orange Prize for Fiction 2006.