And then there are the visitations: the rare times a stranger crosses a threshold without permission or warning, causing disruption in the whole system. Like the April afternoon a woman came to Leah Hanwell's door, seeking help, disturbing the peace, forcing Leah out of her isolation.
Zadie Smith's brilliant tragi-comic new novel follows four Londoners - Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan - as they try to make adult lives outside Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their London is a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys, and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end.
“This is, hands down, [Smith’s] best novel to date.” - Toronto Star
"The exhilarating crackle and sparkle of Smith’s prose. Her dialogue sings and soars… Page by effervescent page, NW delivers all the jostling, aromatic savour and spice of a stroll up Kilburn High Road… Smith is simply wonderful: Dickens’ legitimate daughter." - The Independant