“And it was always the stories that needed the telling that gave us the rope we could cross any river with. They balanced us high above any crevasse. They made us be natural acrobats. They made us be brave”
A bold and joyous retelling from Ovid’s Metamorphoses by the award-winning, bestselling author of How to be Both
Girl meets boy. It’s a story as old as time. But what happens when an old story meets a brand new set of circumstances?
Ali Smith’s remix of Ovid’s most joyful metamorphosis is a story about the kind of fluidity that can’t be bottled and sold. It is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, a story of puns and doubles, reversals and revelations. Funny and fresh, poetic and political, here is a tale of change for the modern world.
The Myths series brings together some of the world’s finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.
“Exuberant … Slender, sweet natured and lyrical”
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“Poetic … Smith remembers what the ancients knew: that musical words drum a beat through to understanding”
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of numerous novels and short story collections including Hotel World, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, The Accidental, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize and How to be Both which won the Baileys Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. In 2017, Autumn, the first book in the Seasonal Quartet, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in Cambridge.