Feel Free (Smith book)

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Feel Free: Essays
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Cover of first edition
AuthorZadie Smith
Audio read byNikki Amuka-Bird[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreEssay collection
PublisherHamish Hamilton
Publication date
8 February 2018[2]
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Awards2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

Feel Free: Essays is a 2018 book of essays by Zadie Smith. It was published on 8 February 2018 by Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books. It has been described as "thoroughly resplendent" by Maria Popova, who writes: "Smith applies her formidable mind in language to subjects as varied as music, the connection between dancing and writing, climate change, Brexit, the nature of joy, and the confusions of personhood in the age of social media."[3]

Smith borrowed the title from Nick Laird, her husband, who has also published a collection of poems by the same name.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Feel Free". Penguin Books UK.
  2. ^ "Feel Free". Penguin Books UK.
  3. ^ Popova, Maria, "Zadie Smith on Optimism and Despair", BrainPickings.
  4. ^ Kellaway, Kate (August 7, 2018). "Feel Free by Nick Laird review – glimpses of elsewhere". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712.
  5. ^ Bryant, Miranda (February 12, 2018). "Zadie Smith: 'I asked to use my husband's book title. Feel free, he said'". Evening Standard. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Hillel Italie (March 14, 2018). "Zadie Smith, Anna Burns among winners of critics prizes". The Washington Post. The Associated Press. Retrieved March 15, 2019.

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