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 Ali Smith

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. Her first book, Free Love and Other Stories (1995), won the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award.

Her first novel, Like, was published to critical acclaim in 1997. Set in Scotland and Cambridge, the book tells the story of an enduring childhood friendship.

 A second collection of short stories, Other Stories and Other Stories, was published in 1999. Her second novel, Hotel World (2001), won the Encore Award, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the inaugural Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award. It was also shortlisted for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Booker Prize for Fiction.

Her next collection was The Whole Story and Other Stories(2003). In 2004, her novel, The Accidental (2004), was published, and won the 2005 Whitbread Novel Award. Girl Meets Boy (2007) was published in 2007.

She has also published a play, The Seer (2006), and her most recent collection of short stories is The First Person and Other Stories (2008). The Book Lover (2008) is a personal anthology of favourite pieces of writing gathered over the course of her life.

Ali Smith is a regular contributor of articles and reviews to journals and newspapers including The Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. She lives in Cambridge.
Short Story Collections

The First Person and Other Stories (Hamish Hamilton, 2008)

Reviewed by Tania Hershman


Other Stories and Other Stories (Penguin, 2004, first published by Granta in 1999)

Reviewed by Mark Brown


Park Stories (One story included. The Royal Parks, 2009)

Reviewed by James Murray-White


Mechanics Institute Review Issue 5 (One story included. Birkbeck, University of London, 2008)

Reviewed by Carol Reid


The Whole Story and Other Stories (Penguin, 2004)


Free Love and Other Stories (Penguin, 2005, first published by Virago in 1995)