(born 1962 - ) - Inverness
Ali Smith was born in Inverness, and studied at Aberdeen and Cambridge Universities, although she never completed her PhD. Smith tried lecturing at Strathclyde University, but found academic life difficult, and turned to writing her own works rather than teach the work of others. Her novels, Like, Hotel World and The Accidental share the tightness of language and purpose necessary for her short stories, the first of which, Free Love and Other Stories, was published in 1995. Smith has been nominated twice for the Booker Prize (for Hotel World and The Accidental), and has been nominated for the Orange Prize and the Saltire Society prize. The Accidental won the 2005 Whitbread Novel of the Year award. In 2007 she wrote a version of Ovid's Metamorphosis for Canongate's Myths series called Girl Meets Boy.
"one of our greatest imaginative writers" The Scotsman
Ali Smith now lives in Cambridge and writes reviews for several national newspapers.
- The Accidental - Paperback
'The Accidental' is the follow-up novel to 'Hotel World', which was shortlisted for the Booker and Orange prizes in 2002. Ali Smith's other novels include 'Free Love', 'Like', 'Other Stories and Other Stories' and 'The Whole Story and Other Stories'.
- Add to BasketThe First Person And Other Stories - Hardback
'The First Person and Other Stories' effortlessly appeals to our hearts, heads and funny bones. Always intellectually playful, but also very moving and funny, Smith explores the ways and whys of storytelling.
- Free Love: And Other Stories - Paperback
The stories in Free Love are about desire, memory, sexual ambiguity and the imagination. Virago are proud to publish the first collection of stories from Alison Smith. This entertaining introduction is sure to create a large new following.
- Girl Meets Boy - Paperback
'Girl Meets Boy' is a novel from the pen of Ali Smith, author of 'Free Love', 'Like', and 'The Accidental'.
- Hotel World - Paperback
Passionate, witty, and formally inventive, Hotel World brings alive five unforgettable characters and traces their intersecting lives.
- Add to BasketLike - Paperback
In her debut novel, the author of the acclaimed short story collection, Free Love, evokes the twin spirits of time and place, and shows what it is like to be alive at the edge of the 20th century.
- Add to BasketOther Stories And Other Stories - Paperback
There are so many stories to be told about love and loss. In 'Other Stories and Other Stories', Ali Smith tells stories of both of the above and ghost, seasonal, scary, powerful, instructive, moving and different stories too.
- Add to BasketThere but for the - Hardback
Imagine you have a dinner party and a friend of a friend brings a stranger to your house as his guest. He seems pleasant enough. Imagine that this stranger goes upstairs halfway through the dinner party and locks himself in one of your bedrooms and won't come out. Imagine you can't move him for days, weeks, months. If ever.
- Add to BasketThe Whole Story And Other Stories - Paperback
This is a collection of new short stories by Ali Smith, author of 'Hotel World'. They are stories for people who've grown up being told time is running out - and don't want it to.