Reviews

  • Dizzyingly good and so clever that it makes you want to dance

    New Statesman
  • A delight. A masterpiece. Magical.

    Sunday Times
  • I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul

    Evening Standard
  • Exciting, full of joy and wryly funny... [Ali Smith is] one of the most inventive writers alive

    Emerald Street
  • A remarkably easy and immensely enjoyable read... Ali Smith is a one-off. Her imagination and originality make her one of the most exciting novelists of her generation. Both George and Francesco touch the heart and linger in the mind long after the final page.

    Daily Express
  • Smith is the brightest spark in a recent explosion of female novelists taking dizzying risks with form and voice . . . most contemporary male authors feel Jurassic by comparison.

    Metro
  • Rich, funny and moving. Smith's writing really catches fire

    Financial Times
  • Dazzling

    Independent
  • This warm, funny book deserves to be read at least one-and-a-half times

    Spectator
  • Radical, dazzling . . . Those writers making doomy predictions about the death of the novel should read Smith's re-imagined novel/s, and take note of the life it contains

    Independent
  • Ms. Smith's writing is inventive and delighted. She cannot help being exuberant

    New York Times
  • Inventive, playful, compassionate. An immensely enjoyable read

    Daily Express
  • I was utterly transported by Ali Smith's<b> <i>How to Be Both</i></b>, a novel built from two stories that speak across six centuries. I'm about to read it for the fourth time

    Irish Times
  • Smith is dazzling in her daring. Her inventive power pulls you through, gasping, to the final page

    Observer
  • Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today

    Daily Telegraph
  • Smith's fervent, vital, incantatory prose is entirely her own . . . <i>How to be both</i> reads as if she has summoned words from some region of the unconscious and released them in a trance

    Prospect
  • Utterly contemporary and vividly historical

    The Independent
  • Smith has created a stunning work that is as rewarding as it is challenging

    The List
  • A marvellous exploration of what it means to look, then look again. Spiralling and twisting stories suggest the ways in which we can transcend walls and barriers - not only between people but between emotions, art forms and historical periods. It is a <i>jeu d'esprit</i> about a girl coming of age and coming to terms with her mother's death, a ghosting of a Renaissance fresco painter in a 21st-century frame and an exhortation to do the twist.

    New Statesman Books of the Year 2014
  • A revelation. It blasts the doors open for the novel form and in a Woolf-like way makes all things possible. I imagine it will be one of those rare books that changes the way writers write novels

    Observer
  • Ali Smith's novels soar higher every time and <i>How to be both</i> doesn't disappoint

    Observer
  • Brilliant<b>.</b> No one combines experimentalism and soulfulness like Ali Smith

    Observer
  • One of the most intelligent, inventive, downright impressive writers working anywhere in the world today. 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<i> </i>

    The Scotsman
  • Ali Smith is a master of language. Vigorous, vivid writing that is Ali Smith incarnate<i> </i>

    Herald
  • Ingeniously conceived, gloriously inventive

    NPR
  • Dizzyingly ambitious . . . endlessly artful, creating work that feels infinite in its scope and intimate at the same time. [A] swirling panoramic

    Atlantic
  • Brilliant . . . the sort of death-defying storytelling acrobatics that don't seem entirely possible

    Washington Post
  • Having read this now twice, in both directions so to speak, I've decided - and I do not write this flippantly - that Ali Smith is a genius

    LA Review of Books
  • Approaches the world as only a novel can. The book moves not so much in a straight line as in a twisting helix pattern . . . delivers the heat of life and the return of beauty in the face of loss

    Everyday Ebook
  • A unique conversation between past and present

    Milwaukee Journal
  • Wildly inventive . . . lyrical, fresh

    Bustle Magazine