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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.
 
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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


Ali Smith recommends

Beware of Pity (1939)
Stefan Zweig
"Frightening gripping an intoxicating, morally shocking read."

Hawkfall (1974)
George Mackay Brown
"George MacKay Brown is one of the masters of short story form."

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."

Joseph Knight (2003)
James Robertson
"A work of cunning and great assurance."

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."

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."

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."
Girl On a Stick
Girl On a Stick (2006)
Kathleen Bryson
"Sassy, clever, bright, dark, true, and, most importantly, alive. A huge book, and full of goodness."

Fair Play (2007)
Tove Jansson
"Fair Play is very fine art."

A Life Apart (2008)
Neel Mukherjee
"Incisive and poetic, sensual and intelligent."
Black Rock
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."

Strip the Willow (2009)
John Aberdein
"His writing is witty, alive... the kind of spirit which blends the literal and the imagination."

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."

Perfect Lives (2010)
Polly Samson
"An unexpected combination of romp and classical: though-provoking, sassy and comforting."

The Echo Chamber (2011)
Luke Williams
"Original, brilliant, inconceivable. It gives a reader new ears."

London Lies Beneath (2016)
Stella Duffy
"A writer who never lets you down."


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