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The daughter of a Jamaican mother and an English father, Zadie Smith was brought up in Willesden, North London, the area which provides the setting for her prize-winning first novel, White Teeth.
Christened Sadie, she changed her name to Zadie when she was 14. She wrote White Teeth while studying English at King's College Cambridge, graduating in 1997. She told her publishers that “White Teeth is really the product of that time; it's like the regurgitation of the …
Willis, Chris. "Zadie Smith". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
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