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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 unraveling 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.

Woven between the stories are conversations with writers and readers reflecting on the essential role that libraries have played in their lives. At a time when public libraries around the world face threats of cuts and closures, this collection stands as a work of literary activism—and as a wonderful read from one of our finest authors.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smith’s turns of phrase, coupled with her charming Scottish accent, add to the emotion of her delivery…This collection is a wordsmith’s delight.”


  • “Smith’s own stories leap across space and time, delighting in unexpected connections…Each of Smith’s stories is a gem.“

    Financial Times (London)

  • “Superb… [A] wonderful collection.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Reading this collection is like spending an afternoon in a well-stocked library in the company of an erudite and playful companion.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)
  • “Wonderful. Her prose dances. Her imagination lights up life and experience. This is a book to read slowly, to savour its vitality and variety.”


  • “A brilliant, comprehensive, unpredictable defence of public libraries. You can travel anywhere on Ali Smith’s library ticket.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Breezy series of slice-of-life tales that highlight the casual inroads of life and literature, pairing ordinary readers with the writing that has shaped them.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Guardian Best Book of the Year Selection
  • The Independent (UK) Best Books of the Year Selection
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About the Author
Author Ali Smith

Ali Smith is the author of many works of fiction, including the novel Hotel World, which was short-listed for both the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize as well as winning the Encore Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award. The Accidental won the Whitbread Award and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her story collections include Free Love, which won a Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award, and The Whole Story and Other Stories.