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Ali Smith was born in Inverness and published her first book in 1995. 

Ali Smith possesses the perfect characteristics of the short story writer: rigorous self-discipline in the planning process, an eagle eye for condensing detail, a capacity for using the personal and individual to suggest universal truths and a skill for hinting at a wider world beyond the story.  Smith alternates her writing between short stories and novels. 

British Council - Literature, © 2019

The judges of the Goldsmith Prize, when announcing her win with How to be both, noted:

'Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else.'