Accidental by Ali SmithAccidental by Ali Smith


byAli Smith

Paperback | May 9, 2006

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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
Ali Smith 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, Public library and other stories and Autumn. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Bo...
Title:AccidentalFormat: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 Explorative and Experimental Nothing happens in this novel, really. Ali Smith is one of my favourite authors if only because I have never been as captivated by the accuracy through which she captures a moment, a thought, an observation, a life. There is such fluidity in the trail of consciousness and unconsciousness. This book doesn't fail in any of the writing; it has phenomenal delivery. But it's a little disappointing, if only because aside from the writing the book almost seems like writing without content.
Date published: 2017-09-12
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