Zadie Smith is a novelist extraordinaire. We’ve always known that. She’s given us timeless masterpieces like White Teeth and On Beauty. Her interviews and essays are essentially lines after lines of quotable quotes that we’ve held dear to our hearts. But writing is not all she can do. Smith can be a badass cover girl if she wants to—as she does on the cover of the 14th issue of  The Gentlewoman, a UK magazine focused on the life and style of the modern woman.

We are digging her look. The pop of red and green is exciting. Love the vintage trench-coat and turban look. Celebrity photographer Inez and Vinoodh did a fantastic job capturing the graceful beauty we’ve come to associate with Smith.

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This magazine feature is perfect timing as her forthcoming novel titled Swing Time, comes out November 15. The novel, which you can preorder here, moves between London and West Africa. Critics are saying that it is a beautiful story about female friendship. Can’t wait to read it!



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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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