Accidental

Paperback | May 9, 2006

byAli Smith

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The Accidental is Ali Smith's dazzling novel about a family holiday and a stranger who upends it. Arresting and wonderful, The Accidental pans in on the Norfolk holiday home of the Smart family one hot summer. There a beguiling stranger called Amber appears at the door bearing all sorts of unexpected gifts, trampling over family boundaries and sending each of the Smarts scurrying from the dark into the light. A novel about the ways that seemingly chance encounters irrevocably transform our understanding of ourselves, The Accidental explores the nature of truth, the role of fate and the power of storytelling. 'A beguiling page-turner. . . a brilliant creation. To read The Accidental is to be excited from first to last' Independent 'Joyous, a shot across the bows. . . writing as rapture, as giddy delight' The Times 'Brilliant and engaging, frequently hilarious. . . Smith makes one look at the world afresh' Sunday Telegraph

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The Accidental is Ali Smith's dazzling novel about a family holiday and a stranger who upends it. Arresting and wonderful, The Accidental pans in on the Norfolk holiday home of the Smart family one hot summer. There a beguiling stranger called Amber appears at the door bearing all sorts of unexpected gifts, trampling over family boun...

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The Smart family’s lacklustre holiday in Norwich is turned upside down when a beguiling stranger called Amber appears, bringing with her love, joy, pain and upheaval. The Smarts try to make sense of their bewildering emotions as Amber tramples over family boundaries and forces them to think about their world and themselves in an entire...

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Other Stories and Other Stories, Hotel World, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy, The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful, How to be both, and Public library and other stories. Hotel Worl...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.75 × 5.03 × 0.8 inPublished:May 9, 2006Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141010398

ISBN - 13:9780141010397

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I really did enjoy this book. It's more character driven, and I enjoyed the theme that was present throughout the novel. This is kind of a different book, so if you're not into experimental fiction I wouldn't recommend this, but if you are looking for something different this is great!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept thinking about it! I read this over the summer and really enjoyed it. Took a bit to get into, but was quite compelling once it got going! Preferred this Ali Smith novel to her newer How to Be Both.
Date published: 2016-11-11