Brilliant and engaging, frequently hilarious, exhilaratingly sharp-eyed . . . Smith makes one look at the world afresh * Sunday Telegraph * Joyous, a shot across the bows . . . writing as rapture, as giddy delight * The Times * An astonishing book - funny and moving, playful and shocking. It is what one hopes for in a modern novel, and yet it confounds all expectations. It is complex. It is beautiful. It is exhilarating. It is fiction at its most artful * Financial Times * A beguiling page-turner ... a brilliant creation. To read The Accidental is to be excited from first to last * Independent * Smith's novels fizz with pyrotechnic prose, whirl-wind openings, bewitching invention * Observer * Exuberantly inventive ... at once dazzlingly bright and profoundly dark * Sunday Times *
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of several novels and short story collections including, The Accidental, Hotel World, How to Be Both and the Seasonal Quartet. She has been four times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, has won the Goldsmiths Prize, Orwell Prize, Costa Best Novel Award and the Womens Prize. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.