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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.

A richly inventive new collection of stories from Ali Smith, author of How to be both, winner of the Baileys Women's Prize and the Costa Novel Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

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.
Public libraries are places of joy, freedom, community and discovery - and right now they are under threat from funding cuts and widespread closures across the UK and further afield. With this brilliantly inventive collection, Ali Smith joins the campaign to save our public libraries and celebrate their true place in our culture and history.

Reviews

A brilliant, comprehensive, unpredictable defence of public libraries . . . You can travel anywhere on an Ali Smith library ticket

Observer

A rich blend of fact and fiction. With characteristic exuberance, Smith's stories leap across time and space, delighting in unexpected connections. People are transported out of everyday life by dreams and delusions, by the erroneous or unpredictable. Each of Smith's stories is a gem: fast-paced, immediately intriguing, sharply humorous

Financial Times

Transforming and perfectly formed. If love you books, you'll love this

Grazia

Clever, mischievous, hugely entertaining

Independent

Smith's stories are priceless

Sunday Express

A pleasure to read. Each story is interspersed with an elegiac short section, quoting writers extolling the joys of public libraries

Spectator

Beautifully written, innovative, playful. A bravura display by one of our most gifted and original writers

Daily Express

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241974599

    July 18, 2016

    Penguin General UK (UK Adult)

    240 pages

    RRP $22.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Hardback

    9780241237465

    November 18, 2015

    Hamish Hamilton (UK)

    288 pages

    RRP $37.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Trade Paperback

    9780241248881

    November 18, 2015

    Hamish Hamilton (UK)

    288 pages

    RRP $32.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780241974582

    November 5, 2015

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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Hotel World
How To Be Both
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