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Ali Smith


Scotland (1962 - )

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. Smith writes for The Guardian, The Scotsman and the TLS.
 
Series
Seasonal
1. Autumn (2016)
2. Winter (2017)
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Series contributed to
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Anthologies edited
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Non fiction
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Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2001) : Hotel World
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2001) : Hotel World
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2005) : The Accidental
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2005) : The Accidental
Whitbread Prize Best Novel winner (2005) : The Accidental
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2012) : There but for the
Goldsmiths Prize Best Book nominee (2013) : Artful
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2014) : How to be both
Goldsmiths Prize Best Book winner (2014) : How to be both
Saltire Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : How to be both
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2014) : How to be both
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2015) : How to be both
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2017) : Autumn


Ali Smith recommends
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Beware of Pity (1939)
Stefan Zweig
"Frightening gripping an intoxicating, morally shocking read."
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Hawkfall (1974)
George Mackay Brown
"George MacKay Brown is one of the masters of short story form."
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If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things (2002)
Jon McGregor
"A tremendous read. The whole book quivers, picks up its detail like a sensitive antenna, immensely fragile, yet in that unstoppable lyrical energy immensely tough."
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Joseph Knight (2003)
James Robertson
"A work of cunning and great assurance."
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An Evening of Long Goodbyes (2003)
Paul Murray
"A lyrical, satirical tour de force, a huge, hilarious elegy. A surreal and very funny festival of truths, fictions, luck, and love. How can this be a first novel? A triumph."
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The History of Love (2005)
Nicole Krauss
"A beauty of a book, totally alive, made with real energy and nerve and craft. It restores your faith in fiction. It restores all sorts of faith."
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Wish I Was Here (2006)
Jackie Kay
"No one in the world writes short stories like Jackie Kay. This is a collection full of voice, life, hilarity. Her writing has a truthfulness that's both hard-won and beautiful."
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Girl On a Stick (2006)
Kathleen Bryson
"Sassy, clever, bright, dark, true, and, most importantly, alive. A huge book, and full of goodness."
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Fair Play (2007)
Tove Jansson
"Fair Play is very fine art."
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A Life Apart (2008)
Neel Mukherjee
"Incisive and poetic, sensual and intelligent."
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Black Rock (2009)
Amanda Smyth
"Amanda Smyth writes like a descendant of Jean Rhys. Black Rock is a powerful cocktail of heat and beautiful coolness, written in a heady, mesmerising yet translucent prose which marks Smyth out as a born novelist."
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Strip the Willow (2009)
John Aberdein
"His writing is witty, alive... the kind of spirit which blends the literal and the imagination."
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Homecomings (2010)
Donald Paterson
"A writer of litheness, humanity, wisdom and ambition, and a truly great storyteller. You won't want this novel to end."
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Perfect Lives (2010)
Polly Samson
"An unexpected combination of romp and classical: though-provoking, sassy and comforting."
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The Echo Chamber (2011)
Luke Williams
"Original, brilliant, inconceivable. It gives a reader new ears."
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London Lies Beneath (2016)
Stella Duffy
"A writer who never lets you down."

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