Zadie Smith

Literary Birthday – 27 October – Zadie Smith

Happy Birthday, Zadie Smith, born 27 October 1975.


  1. The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.
  2. Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.
  3. A writer’s duty is to register what it is like for him or her to be in the world.
  4. The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.
  5. Nowadays, I know the true reason I read is to feel less alone, to make a connection with a consciousness other than my own.
  6. The past is always tense, the future perfect.
  7. The end is simply the beginning of an even longer story.

Read: Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules For Writing Fiction

Zadie Smith is a British novelist, best known for her novel, On Beauty. Other books include The Embassy of CambodiaWhite Teeth and Swing Time. She has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

Source for image:   David Shankbone, CC BY 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 27th October 2012