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There but for the Paperback – Import, 22 August 2012

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

Remarkable. A brilliant novel: funny, serious, always surprising, always true ―
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I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul ―
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Fizzying, affectionate, sparkling. Smith presents her world view in words as fresh as lemons. A joyful read ―

A tour de force -- Lionel Shriver ―
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A warm, joyful novel that fizzes with humanity and love of language - by the bestselling author of The Accidental

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (General UK); 1st edition (22 August 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0141025190
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0141025193
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ Baby and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.93 x 2.46 x 19.79 cm
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Ali Smith CBE FRSL (born August 1962 in Inverness) is a Scottish writer.

She was born to working-class parents, raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge. She studied at the University of Aberdeen and then at Newnham College, Cambridge, for a PhD that she never finished. She worked as a lecturer at University of Strathclyde until she fell ill with CFS/ME. Following this she became a full-time writer and now writes for The Guardian, The Scotsman, and the Times Literary Supplement. Openly gay, she lives in Cambridge with her partner filmmaker Sarah Wood.

In 2007 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

In 2009, she donated the short story Last (previously published in the Manchester Review Online) to Oxfam's 'Ox-Tales' project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the 'Fire' collection.

Smith was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to literature.

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