Martha and Hanwell

Martha and Hanwell : Pocket Penguins

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Here Zadie Smith brings us two of her short stories - both perfect examples of her storytelling gift.
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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 106 x 172 x 10mm | 40.82g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141023120
  • 9780141023120

About Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time, as well as a novella, The Embassy of Cambodia, and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002, and was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple literary awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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Martha and Hanwell is a Penguin Pocket collection of two short stories by British author, Zadie Smith. Martha, Martha was previously published in Granta 81 in 2003. Pam Roberts is a realtor who is showing potential accommodation to a newcomer to town, Martha Penk, but is finding her one-day-stand difficult to satisfy. Hanwell in Hell was previously published in The New Yorker in 2004. It takes the form of a letter to Hanwell's daughter by a man who met him by chance one night in Bristol. The stories are prefaced by an Author's Note in which Smith explores the medium of the short story and states that she is not a natural short story writer, finding it an art for which she does not have a talent. And perhaps if this volume consisted only of Martha, Martha, the reader might agree: despite the rich imagery in both stories and the Author's Note, this story feels unfinished. Hanwell in Hell is, however, a perfectly wonderful short story, complete in and of itself. If this volume consisted of two stories of this calibre, this would be a five star more
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