Publication Date: 05/07/2012 ISBN: 9780141025193 Category:

There but for the

Ali Smith

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 05/07/2012 ISBN: 9780141025193 Category:
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Hailed among the BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2011 by Jeanette Winterson, A.S. Byatt, Patrick Ness, Sebastian Barry, Boyd Tonkin, Erica Wagner…

A sparkling satire from the MAN BOOKER PRIZE-SHORTLISTED and 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

‘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

‘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…

Publisher Review

A must read * Toronto NOW * A virtuoso piece of writing, both funny and gripping . . . Smith is a writer with a rich array of conventional strengths * Times Literary Supplement * A tour de force -- Lionel Shriver * Financial Times * Fizzying, affectionate, sparkling. Smith presents her world view in words as fresh as lemons. A joyful read * Herald * Poignant, empathetic, funny. A book full of kindness and compassion * Time Out * Eccentric, adventurous, intoxicating, dazzling. This is a novel with serious ambitions that remains huge fun to read. The writing dances along * Literary Review * A playfully serious or seriously playful novel full of wit and pleasure. Wonderful * Observer * I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul * Evening Standard * Remarkable. A brilliant novel: funny, serious, always surprising, always true * The Times * Whimsically devastating. Playful, humorous, serious, profoundly clever and profoundly affecting * Guardian *

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