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There but for the, Smith,  Ali
There but for the
Ali Smith

Paperback $22.99 - Penguin UK
Fiction - Published: 22/Aug/2012 - ISBN: 9780141025193

'Eccentric, adventurous, intoxicating, dazzling. This is a novel with serious ambitions that remains huge fun to read. The writing dances along' Literary Review

'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 the hours turn to days to weeks to months and the consequences of this stranger's actions ripple outwards, touching the owners, the guests, the neighbourhood then the whole country, so Ali Smith draws us into a beautiful, strange place where everyone is so much more than they at first appear.

'Whimsically devastating. Playful, humorous, serious, profoundly clever and profoundly affecting' Guardian

'Poignant, empathetic, funny. A book full of kindness and compassion' Time Out

'A real gem' The Times

'Wonderful' Jeanette Winterson

'Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today' Daily Telegraph

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