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Smith, Ali 1962-

Overview
Works: 207 works in 883 publications in 26 languages and 20,349 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories  History  Historical fiction  Christmas fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sagas  Thrillers (Fiction) 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Author of introduction, Recipient, Editor, Correspondent, Translator, Former owner, wat, win, Redactor, Inventor, Contributor, Honoree
Classifications: PR6069.M4213, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ali Smith
The accidental by Ali Smith( Book )

91 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in 17 languages and held by 2,447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Talking her way into the Norfolk cottage that the Smart family is renting for the summer, Amber, an enigmatic con artist, insinuates herself into the lives of Eve, her husband Michael, and their children
How to be both by Ali Smith( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real--and all life's givens get given a second chance"--
Autumn by Ali Smith( Book )

24 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Dutch and held by 1,676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author of How to be both: a breathtakingly inventive new novel--about aging, time, love, and stories themselves--that launches an extraordinary quartet of books called Seasonal. Readers love Ali Smith's novels for their peerless innovation and their joyful celebration of language and life. Her newest, Autumn, has all of these qualities in spades, and--good news for fans!--is the first installment in a quartet. Seasonal, comprised of four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as are the seasons), explores what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative. Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy, and the color hit of Pop Art, Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means"--
There but for the by Ali Smith( Book )

46 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. An eclectic group of neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and Miles' story is told from the points of view of four of them: Anna, a woman in her forties; Mark, a man in his sixties; May, a woman in her eighties; and a ten-year-old named Brooke. The thing is, none of these people knows Miles more than slightly. How much is it possible for us to know about a stranger? And what are the consequences of even the most casual, fleeting moments we share every day with one another?
Hotel world by Ali Smith( Book )

75 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 18 languages and held by 1,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lives of four women are changed by the ghost of a teenaged chambermaid one night at the Global Hotel. Five people: four are living; three are strangers; two are sisters; one, a teenage hotel chambermaid, has fallen to her death in a dumbwaiter. But her spirit lingers in the world, straining to recall things she never knew. And one night all five women find themselves in the smooth plush environs of the Global Hotel, where the intersection of their very different fates make for this playful, defiant, and richly inventive novel. Forget room service: this is a riotous elegy, a deadpan celebration of colliding worlds, and a spirited defense of love. Blending incisive wit with surprising compassion, Hotel World is a wonderfully invigorating, life-affirming book
Public library and other stories by Ali Smith( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives - our own personal libraries - make of us? What does the unravelling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they coax us endlessly to unexpected blossom; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make." -- Book jacket
Girl meets boy : the myth of Iphis by Ali Smith( Book )

41 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Girl meets boy. It's a story as old as time. But what happens when an old story meets a brand new set of circumstances? Ali Smith's re-mix of Ovid's most joyful metamorphosis is a story about the kind of fluidity that can't be bottled and sold. It is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, a story of puns and doubles, reversals and revelations. Funny and fresh, poetic and political, Girl Meets Boy is a myth of metamorphosis for the modern world
The first person and other stories by Ali Smith( Book )

42 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflecting on the subtle interconnections between what we know and what we feel, a collection of short fiction features "Astute Fiery Luxurious," "I Know Something You Don't Know," "The Child," and "Writ," about a woman who suddenly meets her fourteen-year-old self
Winter by Ali Smith( Book )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second novel in the Man Booker Prize-nominated author's Seasonal cycle; the much-anticipated follow-up to -- Winter casts a warm, wise, merry and uncompromising eye over a post-truth era in a story rooted in history and memory and with a taproot deep in the evergreens, art and love
Artful by Ali Smith( Book )

23 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a meditative collection of writings on the nature of art and storytelling and incorporates tribute elements to iconic writers and artists throughout history
The accidental by Ali Smith( Recording )

30 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a psychological thriller in which a family is unraveled by the deceptive lies of a mysterious visitor
The whole story and other stories by Ali Smith( Book )

28 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What happens when you run into Death in a busy train station? (You know he's Death because when he smiles, your cell phone goes dead.) What if your lover falls in love with a tree? Should you be jealous? From the woman pursued by a band of bagpipers in full regalia to the artist who's built a seven-foot boat out of secondhand copies of The Great Gatsby, Smith's characters are offbeat, charming, sexy, and as wonderfully complex as life itself."--Jacket
Like by Ali Smith( Book )

28 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on an oddball woman and her eight-year-old daughter who live in a caravan in Scotland. The mother is upper class and a scholar, but she has lost the ability to read and has to rely on the daughter. Nor can she remember who fathered the child. A debut in fiction
There but for the : a novel by Ali Smith( Recording )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table midway through the meal, locks himself in an upstairs room, and refuses to leave. An eclectic group of neighbors and friends slowly gathers around the house, and the story of Miles is one told from the points of view of four of them: a woman in her forties called Anna, a man in his sixties called Mark, a woman in her eighties called May, and a ten-year-old child called Brooke. The thing is ... none of these people knows Miles anything more than glancingly. So how much is it possible to know about a stranger? And what are the consequences of even the most casual, most fleeting meetings we have every day with other human beings? Brilliantly audacious, disarmingly playful, full of Smith's trademark wit and puns, There But For The is a deft exploration of the human need for separation from our pasts and from one another and the redemptive possibilities for connections
The true deceiver by Tove Jansson( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deception-the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we tell others -is the subject of The True Deceiver, Tove Jansson's most unnerving and unpredictable novel. Here Jansson takes a darker look at the subjects that animate the best of her work: solitude and community, art and life, love and hate. All winter long the snow has been falling on the village. The sun rises late in the day, and once it does, there is little to do but trade tales. This year the talk of the town is all about Katri Kling and Anna Armelin. Katri is a yellow-eyed outcast who lives in a room with her simple teenaged brother and a dog she never bothered to name. She has no use for the daily dishonesties that smooth social life, but she can see to the rational core of any problem. Anna, an elderly children's book illustrator, is a respected and easygoing, if aloof, member of society. She lives alone in her family mansion, venturing out come springtime to paint exquisitely detailed paintings of the forest floor (to which her young fans insist she add adorable pink bunnies). When Anna needs someone to help around the house, Katri eagerly volunteers. It's not long before she and her brother have moved into the mansion and taken charge of just about every aspect of Anna's life and livelihood. As the season becomes increasingly oppressive, the two women find themselves engaged in a confrontation that will gradually strip away their cherished illusions
How to be both by Ali Smith( Recording )

21 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, this novel is a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real--and all life's givens get given a second chance
A winter book : selected stories by Tove Jansson( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawn from youth and older age, and spanning most of the 20th century, this newly translated selection provides a thrilling showcase of the great Finnish writer's prose
Public library and other stories by Ali Smith( Recording )

12 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives--our own personal libraries--make of us? What does the unraveling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us? The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make. Woven between the stories are conversations with writers and readers reflecting on the essential role that libraries have played in their lives. At a time when public libraries around the world face threats of cuts and closures, this collection stands as a work of literary activism--and as a wonderful read from one of our finest authors"--
Hotel world by Ali Smith( Recording )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A passionate, funny, serious, captivating glimpse into the lives of five people connected to one branch of the ubiquitous Global Hotel chain. Brought together -- and forced apart -- by a bizarre incident involving a dumb waiter, we share their very different experiences of the life in the aftermath of death, of pain and sorrow, of hope and love -- everything, in fact, that the world dares to throw at us.--
Fair play by Tove Jansson( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays love between two older women, a writer and artist, as they work side-by-side in their Helsinki studios, travel together and share summers on a remote island
 
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The accidental
Alternative Names
Ali Smith écrivaine écossaise

Ali Smith schottische Schriftstellerin

Ali Smith schrijfster uit Schotland

Ali Smith Scottish author, playwright, academic and journalist

Ali Smith scrittrice scozzese

Ali Smith szkocka pisarka, dramaturg, dziennikarka i wykładowca akademicki

Smit A.

Smit A. 1962-

Smita, Ali 1962-

Σμιθ, Άλι, 1962-

Смит, Али

אלי סמית

סמיטה, אלי 1962-

סמית, אלי 1962-

الی اسمیت نویسنده اسکاتلندی

علي سميث كاتبة اسكتلندية

আলি স্মিথ

스미스, 알리 1962-

앨리 스미스

スミス, アリ

艾莉·史密斯

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There but for theHotel worldGirl meets boy : the myth of IphisThe first person and other storiesThe accidentalThe whole story and other storiesLikeThere but for the : a novel