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Smith, Ali (1962-)

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
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Library Resources

Web Resources

Study notes


Penguin House Reading Guides



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'.





 Short stories

Children's books

The Story of Antigone