Category Archives: Ali Smith

It doesn’t get much more seasonal than this: ‘Winter’ by Ali Smith

Last year, my overall impression of Ali Smith’s ‘Autumn‘ was that it may not have aged terribly well.  Written in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit referendum, it felt either too close or too far from current events for a … Continue reading

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The first Brexit novel, two years on: ‘Autumn’ by Ali Smith

‘Autumn’ came out in 2016, heralded as the first post-Brexit novel.  I’m afraid I didn’t read it then; at the time, literature was a rare refuge from current events and I wasn’t going to let politics intrude, even for Ali … Continue reading

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Ali Smith, ‘How to be Both’ (2014)

It’s hard to think of a book that’s garnered more critical acclaim than Ali Smith’s ‘How to be Both’.  I think it says a lot about my admiration for Smith that it never actually occurred to me that her novel might not … Continue reading

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