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Ali Smith

Biography

Ali Smith

Ali Smith was born in Inverness, Scotland, in 1962 and lives in Cambridge, England. She is the author of AUTUMN, HOW TO BE BOTH, THERE BUT FOR THE, ARTFUL, FREE LOVE, LIKE, HOTEL WORLD, PUBLIC LIBRARY AND OTHER STORIES, THE WHOLE STORY AND OTHER STORIES, THE ACCIDENTAL, GIRL MEETS BOY and THE FIRST PERSON AND OTHER STORIES. HOTEL WORLD and THE ACCIDENTAL were both short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. HOW TO BE BOTH won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. AUTUMN was short-listed for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

Ali Smith

Books by Ali Smith

by Ali Smith - Fiction

Winter. Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. And now Art’s mother is seeing things. Come to think of it, Art is seeing things himself. When four people, strangers and family, converge on a 15-bedroom house in Cornwall for Christmas, will there be enough room for everyone? Winter. It makes things visible. Ali Smith’s shapeshifting WINTER casts a warm, wise, merry and uncompromising eye over a post-truth era in a story rooted in history and memory and with a taproot deep in the evergreens, art and love.

by Ali Smith - Fiction

Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Two old friends --- Daniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, born in 1984 --- look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever. A luminous meditation on the meaning of richness and harvest and worth, AUTUMN is the first installment of Ali Smith’s Seasonal quartet, and it casts an eye over our own time: Who are we? What are we made of?

by Ali Smith - Fiction, Short Stories

Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we’ve read over our lives make of us? What does the unraveling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith’s collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make. Woven between the stories are conversations with writers and readers reflecting on the essential role that libraries have played in their lives.

by Ali Smith - Fiction

HOW TO BE BOTH is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real --- and all of life’s givens are given a second chance.