Reading lists

Where to start with Ali Smith

Ali Smith’s literary career has been one of impressive breadth and versatility. Whether you've already read some of her writing or you're new to her work, this is our essential guide on which of her books to pick up next.

A collage of Ali Smith book covers on a bright yellow background.
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With a 25-year-long writing career that has resulted in novels, short story collections, works of non-fiction and plays (and numerous awards to show for it), Ali Smith has an impressive literary legacy. Each book offers the reader – or audiobook listener – a fresh perspective on the world and Smith's particular gift for writing makes each of them unique in their own way.

Unsurprisingly, all of this of adds up to a challenging decision on which book to pick up first. If you're looking for some assistance, our reading guide should give you some inspiration on which book to pick up first.

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