Swing Time

Swing Time

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/07/2017
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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 Read the first chapter of Swing Time The rest of it, all the detail, fell away… The story was the price you paid for the rhythm. On an unremarkable Saturday in 1982, two girls meet. Two brown girls who both dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent; a talent so undeniable she is taught to rely on it as a promise, as a way out. The other is taught she has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. She is taught her future is her own to decide. Theirs a close but complicated childhood friendship that halts abruptly in their early twenties as their two paths diverge and their lives dance out of each other's view, but never out of their shadow. Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from north-west London to West Africa, it is a story about the turn and dip and sway of lives in endless, perpetual motion; an exuberant dance to the music of time.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141036601
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 321g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm

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Swing Time
Not for me, sorry
Not for me sorry, it doesn't quite hit the mark, but read it and make your own mind up - everyone has different tastes in books. I had high expectations f... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Swing Time
This is my first Zadie Smith novel and perhaps not the best one to have started with. The book commences well and is the story of two young brown girls who... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
Swing Time
Starts good then fades
I enjoyed this for the first half but it started to dull after that. I couldn't connect with the main character at all, couldn't work her out or empathise,... READ MORE
Juliet  Stone
Swing Time
'Swing time' is a huge book in scope, starting unassumingly with two little girls at a dance class on their London council estate in the 1980s. From there ... READ MORE
Lesley Jane