A richly inventive new collection of stories from the MAN BOOKER PRIZE-SHORTLISTED and WOMEN'S PRIZE-WINNING author of How to be both and the critically acclaimed Seasonal quartet
'Smith is dazzling in her daring. Sheer inventive power' Observer
'In Ali Smith we have a writer whose dazzling sophistication will surely be celebrated, studied and argues over hundreds of years after we're gone' Scotsman
Why are books so powerful? What do the books we read make of us? And what does the vanishing of public libraries say about us?
These stories are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make.
Public libraries are places of joy, freedom, community and discovery - and right now they are under threat from funding cuts and widespread closures across the UK and further afield. With this brilliantly inventive collection, Ali Smith raises her voice in defence of our public libraries, celebrating their essential place in our culture and history.
Publisher's description. A story collection from the peerless, multi-award-winning Ali Smith. What do we do with books - and what do they do with us? How do books shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once? And how might they remind us to pay attention to the world we make?
Smith is dazzling in her daring. Sheer inventive power
Ali Smith is a one-off. Her imagination and originality make her one of the most exciting novelists of her generation
In Ali Smith we have a writer whose dazzling sophistication will surely be celebrated, studied and argues over hundreds of years after we're gone
Smith's world is incredibly generous - it's a place where all sorts of stories and human connections are possible
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 selection of reads that will take you to different lands and time periods, all from the comfort of your favourite reading spot.