Currently alive, at 42 years of age.
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1975 – Zadie Smith, born on the 27th of October in North London to an English father and a Jamaican mother.
1997 – She read and graduated English at Cambridge.
2000 – Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth, is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the story of three ethnically diverse families. The book won a number of awards and prizes, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Overall Winner, Best First Book). It also won two EMMA (BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Awards) for Best Book/Novel and Best Female Media Newcomer, and was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Author’s Club First Novel Award.
2001 – Her tenure as Writer in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Arts resulted in the publication of an anthology of erotic stories entitled Piece of Flesh.
2002 – White Teeth has been translated into over twenty languages and was adapted for Channel 4 television for broadcast in autumn.
2003 – She has written the introduction for The Burned Children of America, a collection of eighteen short stories by a new generation of young American writers.
– Her second novel, The Autograph Man, a story of loss, obsession and the nature of celebrity, won the Jewish Quarterly Literary Prize for Fiction.
– She was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelists’.
2005 – Her third novel, On Beauty, was published.
2006 – Won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction.
– She has also written a non-fiction book about writing Fail Better.
2007 – She is currently a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.