There But For The
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.
Whimsically devastating. Playful, humorous, serious, profoundly clever and profoundly affecting Guardian Remarkable. A brilliant novel: funny, serious, always surprising, always true The Times I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul Evening Standard A playfully serious or seriously playful novel full of wit and pleasure. Wonderful Observer Eccentric, adventurous, intoxicating, dazzling. This is a novel with serious ambitions that remains huge fun to read. The writing dances along Literary Review Poignant, empathetic, funny. A book full of kindness and compassion Time Out Fizzying, affectionate, sparkling. Smith presents her world view in words as fresh as lemons. A joyful read Herald A tour de force -- Lionel Shriver Financial Times A virtuoso piece of writing, both funny and gripping ... Smith is a writer with a rich array of conventional strengths Times Literary Supplement A must read Toronto NOW
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy and The First Person and Other Stories.