There but for the
Ali Smith

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Narrated By: Juliet Stevenson

Duration: 9 hours and 2 minutes

What to expect

Brought to you by Penguin.

A sparkling satire from the MAN BOOKER PRIZE-SHORTLISTED and WOMEN'S PRIZE-WINNING author of How to be both and the critically acclaimed Seasonal quartet

'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 time passes by and the consequences of this stranger's actions ripple outwards, touching the owners, the guests, the neighbours and the whole country, so Ali Smith draws us into a beautiful, strange place where everyone is so much more than they first appear...

'Playful, humorous, serious, profoundly clever and profoundly affecting' Guardian

'Adventurous, intoxicating, dazzling. This is a novel with serious ambitions that remains huge fun to read' Literary Review

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

© Ali Smith 2011 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction

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Fizzying, affectionate, sparkling. Smith presents her world view in words as fresh as lemons. A joyful read

Herald

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

Time Out

A must read

Toronto NOW

Remarkable. A brilliant novel: funny, serious, always surprising, always true

The Times

A tour de force

Financial Times

I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul

Evening Standard

A virtuoso piece of writing, both funny and gripping . . . Smith is a writer with a rich array of conventional strengths

Times Literary Supplement

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

Literary Review

A playfully serious or seriously playful novel full of wit and pleasure. Wonderful

Observer

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