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Introduction

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.'

 

Library resources

On our shelves:

Season Quartet:

Essays:

  • Artful [Adapted from four lectures given by Ali Smith at Oxford University - Described as part fiction, part essay...]

Short stories:

Children's books:


Study notes

Online:

 Penguin House Reading Guides:

 


Databases (Subscription) 

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Interviews

 


Reviews 

Novels:

The Accidental:

Girl meets boy:

How to be both:

There but for the:

Season Quartet

In this sequence of novels Smith seeks to explore 'what time is , how we experience it'.

Autumn:

Winter:

Spring:

Essays:

Artful:

 Short stories:

Children's books:

The Story of Antigone


Web resources

General:

 

Other Ali Smith resources online: