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Ali Smith, twice shortlisted for both the Man Booker and the Orange Prizes, is back with the sparkling "There but for the"...'There once was a man who, one night between the main course and the sweet at a dinner party, went upstairs and locked himself in one of the bedrooms of the house of the people who were giving the dinner party ...' As time passes by and the consequences of this stranger's actions ripple outwards, touching the owners, the guests, the neighbours and the whole country, so Ali Smith draws us into a beautiful, strange place where everyone is so much more than they at first appear. "There but for the" has been hailed as one of the best books of 2011 by Jeanette Winterson, A.S. Byatt, Patrick Ness, Sebastian Barry, Boyd Tonkin, Erica Wagner and Nick Barley. "Dazzlingly inventive". (A.S. Byatt). "Whimsically devastating. Playful, humorous, serious, profoundly clever and profoundly affecting". ("Guardian"). "A real gem". (Erica Wagner, "The Times"). "Eccentric, adventurous, intoxicating, dazzling. This is a novel with serious ambitions that remains huge fun to read". ("Literary Review"). "If you liked Smith's earlier fiction, you will know that she enjoys setting up a situation before chucking in a literary Molotov cocktail then describing what happens". ("Sunday Express"). "Wonderful, word-playful, compelling". (Jeanette Winterson). "Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today". ("Daily Telegraph"). "I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul". ("Evening Standard"). Ali Smith is the author of novels "Girl Meets Boy", "Like" and the bestsellers "The Accidental" and "Hotel World". She has published the short story collections "The First Person and Other Stories", "Free Love and Other Stories", "Other Stories and Other Stories" and "The Whole Story and Other Stories". She has been twice-shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, twice nominated for the Orange Prize and won the Whitbread Novel of the Year in 2005.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/07/2012 ISBN-13: 9780141025193  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ali Smith is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Other Stories and Other Stories, Hotel World, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy, The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful, How to be both, Public library and other stories and Autumn. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.

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Typically, for Ali Smith, this is a complex and far-reaching narrative that still maintains a hugely personal and warm tone. The novel and characters revolve around a man who is locked in a room in a stranger's house, with each chapter told from the perspective of a character who knew the man. Smith explores ideas of the exterior and interior as they exist not only in the world, but in how we navigate the world. A beautiful, soaring narrative, and one of my favourite books.

Becky, Design Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 06/09/2018

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