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Public library and other stories

Public library and other stories

Smith, Ali, 1962- author

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 remind us to pay attention to the world we make

Paperback, Book. English.
Published UK: Penguin Books, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Ali Smith
ISBN: 0241974593, 9780241974599
Note: Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 2015.
Physical Description: 219 pages ; 20 cm
Subject: Short Stories.; General.; Short stories.

Author note

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author ofFree Love and Other Stories,Like,Other Stories and Other Stories,Hotel World,The Whole Story and Other Stories,The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy, The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful,How to be both,andPublic Library and other stories. Hotel Worldwas shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize andThe Accidentalwas shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize.How to be bothwon the Baileys Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge and her next novel is forthcoming in 2016.


Smith is dazzling in her daring. Sheer inventive power
Observer||Ali Smith is a one-off. Her imagination and originality make her one of the most exciting novelists of her generation
Daily Express||In Ali Smith we have a writer whose dazzling sophistication will surely be celebrated, studied and argues over hundreds of years after we're gone
Scotsman||Smith's world is incredibly generous - it's a place where all sorts of stories and human connections are possible