On Reading Ali Smith

“I looked at the faces in torchlight and I saw they were escapees : they’d broken free from me and from the wall that had made and held them and even from themselves.”

– Ali Smith, How to be Both

When I read a book, I want the story to stay with me; maybe it’s selfish, but as a reader I have to feel that I’ve read something new. I never search for books to read, instead I wait for brilliant writers that I adore to publish a new book; and it’s well worth the wait. When I finished Ali Smith’s How to be Both, I realised the prose was still with me; this is always the case with her novels. Every sentence is beautiful, purposeful and clever.

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