There but for the (Paperback)Ali Smith (author)
A sparkling satire from the Booker Prize-shortlisted, Women's Prize-winning author of How to be both and the critically acclaimed Seasonal quartet
'Playful, humorous, serious, profoundly clever and profoundly affecting' Guardian
'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 first appear...
'Adventurous, intoxicating, dazzling. This is a novel with serious ambitions that remains huge fun to read'Literary Review
'Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today' Daily Telegraph
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 266 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
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
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