Books by Ali Smith

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. Her first book, Free Love and Other Stories (1995), won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award. Her first novel, Like, was published to critical acclaim in 199


ARTFUL by Ali Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"A soulful intellectual inquiry and reflection on life and art, artfully done."
Acclaimed Scottish novelist Smith (There but for the, 2011, etc.) considers the places where art and life intersect, sometimes collide and meld. Read full book review >
THERE BUT FOR THE by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

An enigmatic British man locks himself indefinitely in a guest room during a party, altering forever the lives of four people who barely know him.


Charming and intelligent, Miles Garth is in many ways a desirable guest. Read full book review >

THE FIRST PERSON AND OTHER STORIES by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"The willed spareness of the stories grows annoying, but at her best Smith is an original observer of the blessings and curses of living inside one's imagination."
A collection of 12 smartly constructed observations of the way we think and write, from Whitbread Award-winning Scottish author Smith (The Accidental, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
GIRL MEETS BOY by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The politics don't especially convince, but the comic, smart, spirited tale-spinning often amuses."
Updating Ovid's myth of Iphis and Ianthe, the noted British author slyly explores a blurring of the sexual divide. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"It's not so much about the story as it is about the virtuosity of the telling."
Dazzling wordplay and abundant imagination invigorate a tale of lives interrupted. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE STORY by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2004

"Clever, stylish, and smooth in prose, but too cool to engage."
A young British author self-consciously seasons stories of love and abandonment with sometimes awkward touches of the gothic, surreal, and mythic. Read full book review >
HOTEL WORLD by Ali Smith
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"Long riffs on a theme, presented like a puzzle."
A prizewinner back home, Scotland-born Smith (stories: Like, 1998) offers a verbally high-speed tale of a girl's death that may touch some but will seem mainly airy to others. It was shortlisted for the 2001 Orange Prize—as it is now for the Booker. Read full book review >
LIKE by Ali Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

In a loosely threaded first novel, Scottish writer Smith luminously evokes the long, dark shadow cast by obsessions born in adolescence. Read full book review >