The Book Lover

Publisher: Anchor
From the award-winning author of The Accidental and Hotel World comes a sparkling, surprising collection of the writing she loves best — and without which she would not have become a writer.

The Book Lover is a treasure trove of what Ali Smith has loved over the course of her reading life, in her twenties, as a teenager, as a child. Full of pieces from amazing writers like Sylvia Plath, Muriel Spark, Grace Paley, and Margaret Atwood, it also has a wonderful selection of lesser-known authors like Joseph Roth, only just gaining proper status now, and Clarice Lispector, a Brazilian genius who's far too underpublished. From surprising figures like Beryl the Peril, Billie Holliday, and Lee Miller to unusual selections from the most prominent writers in history, The Book Lover is an intimate, personal anthology that gives readers a glimpse of how writers develop their craft—by reading other writers.




Northanger Abbey

Chapter 1

No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine.


The Poet Has Come Back . . .

The poet has come back to being a poet
after decades of being...
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“A real treat . . . a leisurely browse through a writer's own bookshelves.”
The Times (London)