On Beauty (Paperback)
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Paperback 464 Pages
Published: 23/07/2020
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WINNER OF THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

From the acclaimed author of Swing Time, White Teeth and Grand Union, discover a brilliantly funny and deeply moving story about love and family

Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful?

Set between New England and London, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families - the Belseys and the Kipps - and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kipps, the confusions - both personal and political - of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.

'Ambitious, hugely impressive, beautifully observed' Guardian

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241989166
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 180 x 112 x 28 mm


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The tale of a mixed-race British American family in conflict with another family of opposing sensibilities. As with all Smith's work, it's smart, funny and a masterclass in the complexities of identity - Luan Goldie, Guardian

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“Is Truth Beauty?”

I couldn't put On Beauty down. The story of the Belseys and the Kipps, of whom they love, cheat on and sleep with is endlessly fascinating. How much would you endure before you left a relationship?

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“On Beauty”

A fantastic book, not something i would usually read but have enjoyed it to the end! No surprize that this book has been nominated for so many awards, zadie smith has a real talent for portraiting family life which... More

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“"He had not seen her since that afternoon. And with the miracle that is male compartmentalization he had barely thought of her either."”

Zadie Smith On Beauty

In a nutshell: Two families don't get on, there is a lot of misery. The kids are cool and funny. Everyone is incredibly smart and it's arty farty.

I took aaaaaaages to read this... More

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