“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 dazzling piece of storytelling from one of Britain’s most brilliant writers
A STUNNING RETELLING BY THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR ALI SMITH
‘Joyful’ JEANETTE WINTERSON
‘Pulls you in and doesn’t let you go … bold and brilliant’ JACKIE KAY
‘A glorious wide-awake dream of a book … By the time I finished, my heart was beating and tears stood in my eyes, even as I had the biggest smile written all over my face’ KIRSTY GUNN
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 re-mix 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.
“Girl Meets Boy pulls you in and doesn’t let you go … bold and brilliant”
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“A glorious wide-awake dream of a book … Powerful … By the time I finished the book, my heart was beating and tears stood in my eyes, even as I had the biggest smile written all over my face”
”Girl Meets Boy is not about life after death, but it is a joyful celebration of life in all its strange shapes”
“Clever, complex and thrilling”
“Poetic … Smith remembers what the ancients knew: that musical words drum a beat through to understanding”
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of several short story collections, plays and award-winning novels. Hotel World was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize and won the Encore Award; The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award. Most recently, How to be Both, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the Costa Novel Award and the National Book Award 2014 and won the Goldsmiths Prize and Saltire Society Literary Book of the Year Award.