Swings and roundabouts, but Zadie Smith is still on point

Swing Time is not without its missteps, but it’s still an enjoyable and admirably choreographed performance

6th November, 2016
Zadie Smith Pic: REX

Fiction: Swing Time, By Zadie Smith, Hamish Hamilton, €27.75

While working on behalf of her pop-star boss to set up a girl’s school in West Africa, the narrator of Zadie Smith’s new novel Swing Time takes a day trip to an island from which slave ships once departed for the colonies of the new world.

The scene comes at a point in the novel where some sort of epiphany,...

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