Ali Smith is a Scottish author, playwright, and journalist. As a fiction author, she is best known as the author of The Accidental which won the 2005 Whitbread Novel of the Year, Girl Meets Boys which was the Diva magazine readers’ choice Book of the Year, and How to Be Both which was the winner of the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize and of the Novel Award in the 2014 Costa Book Awards.

Smith was born in Inverness where she grew up. She then went on to earn a joint degree in English language and literature at the University of Aberdeen. She would later study a PhD in American and Irish modernism at Newnham College, Cambridge. While studying for her Ph, she began writing plays which eventually lead to her focusing on writing.

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Publication Order of Seasonal Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Story of Antigone (2011)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Other Stories and other stories (1999)Description / Buy at
Free Love and Other Stories (2001)Description / Buy at
The Whole Story and Other Stories (2003)Description / Buy at
Writ (2006)Description / Buy at
The First Person and Other Stories (2008)Description / Buy at
Shire (2013)Description / Buy at
Public Library and Other Stories (2015)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Artful (2012)Description / Buy at
In the Spirit of Spark (2018)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Park Stories Books

A Report To The Minister: Bushy Park (By: Will Self) (2009)Description / Buy at
Park Stories (With: William Boyd,Will Self,Nicola Barker,Adam Thorpe,Hanan Al-Shaykh,Clare Wigfall) (2009)Description / Buy at
By Force of Will, Alone: Greenwich Park (By: Nicola Barker) (2009)Description / Buy at
Direct Hit: Hyde Park (By: Adam Thorpe) (2009)Description / Buy at
A Beauty Parlour for Swans: Kensington Gardens (By: Hanan Al-Shaykh) (2009)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Diva Book of Short Stories(2001)Description / Buy at
Matter Issue(2002)Description / Buy at
New Writing 13(2005)Description / Buy at
The Brighton Book(2005)Description / Buy at
Midsummer Nights(2009)Description / Buy at
The Sea of Azov(2009)Description / Buy at
Sisters(2009)Description / Buy at
Freedom(2009)Description / Buy at
Ox-Tales: Fire(2009)Description / Buy at
Writing on the Edge(2010)Description / Buy at
Road Stories(2012)Description / Buy at
Here(2012)Description / Buy at
1914 - Goodbye to All That(2014)Description / Buy at
Jawbreakers(2014)Description / Buy at
Out There: An Anthology of Scottish LGBT writing(2014)Description / Buy at
First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner(2016)Description / Buy at
Arboreal of Words from the Woods(2016)Description / Buy at
The Ends of Collage(2017)Description / Buy at
Scottish Stories(2023)Description / Buy at
Furies(2023)Description / Buy at
A Cage Went in Search of a Bird: Ten Kafkaesque Stories(2024)Description / Buy at

If You Like Ali Smith Books, You’ll Love…

Autumn is the first book in the Seasonal Quarter, four separate yet interconnected books. The story here revolves around a friendship between an old man and his young female neighbor and their friendship. Elisabeth is the main narrator for most of the story while Daniel is nearly one-hundred years old and nearing the end. Their story is told in the present and the past, tying in life, love, and Brexit in a wholly unique way.

One of Smith’s most popular works is How to Be Both. This is a novel about art’s versatility as Smith borrows from paintings fresco technique to write another unique piece. Like many Smith books, this one is hard to summarize. It follows a Renaissance artist in the 1940s and a child of a child of the 1960s. The two tales meld into a singular story as Smith masterfully plays with time and structure. For Kindle users you can read this book in two different ways, “camera” or “eyes”. The text is the same, but you read it in a different order.

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