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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction.

A masterful, exuberant novel from the acclaimed author of How to Be Both and the ongoing Seasonal Quartet.

Five people: four are living, three are strangers, two are sisters, one is dead. In her highly acclaimed and most ambitious book to date, the brilliant young Scottish Writer Ali Smith brings alive five unforgettable characters and traces their intersecting lives. This is a short novel with big themes (time, chance, money, death) but an eye for tiny detail: the taste of dust, the weight of a few coins in the hand, the pleasurable pain of a stone in one's shoe.

©2020 Ali Smith (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Really unusual novel. I was completely spellbound but I think that was more to do with the actors' performances - they were absolutely brilliant - and I'm not sure I would've enjoyed reading it. I was left feeling a bit dissatisfied with the story but I would definitely recommend listening to it if you enjoy different narratives within a novel. Some of it reads like a poem and her attention to the mundane and ordinary is often beautifully described.

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Slow burn

This story grows slowly but inexorably, to the extent that I had doubts about my choice to begin with, but by the end I was utterly captivated and will seek out her other work.
It works very well on audio and will suit those who like to be captivated over an extended time.

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