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Ali Smith was born in Inverness, in Scotland, in 1962. She graduated from Aberdeen and then started a research doctorate at Cambridge in North American and Irish post-modernism that she never completed. She taught at Strathclyde University for a year, but soon realised that her interest for literature had nothing to do with an academic career. Ali did not wish to speak about books written by others, but rather to write her own. Initially writing was a form of therapy to cure the acute ME that afflicted her at the beginning of the Nineties, only to soon become the passion of a lifetime, a means for looking outside herself and listening to the world. Today she lives in Cambridge and regularly writes articles and reviews for The Scotsman and for the Times Literary Supplement.
She has won many awards. Her first collection of short stories, Free Love and Other Stories won the Saltire First Book Award, Hotel World won the Encore Prize and was also among the finalists for two prestigious awards, the Orange and the Booker Prize.
Her great strength is her ability to address difficult subjects - life, death, suffering and love - with grace, lightness and humour, always creating truths that catch us off-guard
Comments about her

"Hotel World is everything a novel should be: disquieting, reassuring, amusing, provocative, sad, surly and filled with beauty. A brave and brilliant book that leaves one breathless".
The Independent

"Hotel World is a very special novel one should not miss; because it is studied to the point of seeming contrived [...] It is a novel that seems to be a collection of short stories [...] And, above all and perhaps a little surprisingly, it is a book that addresses almost lightly life’s key themes of sickness, death and love".
Loredana Lipperini, La Repubblica

"A leap into the unknown. Exciting, full, cheerful [...] In Hotel World five female voices question the meaning of loss and pain. Each of them does this using their own extremely personal language, rather like a long, obsessive conversation with themselves. A struggle at times scornful and at times desperate in which each is a separate individual, a grainy filament in the world cell".
Sebastiano Triulzi, Alias
.31 May
.Manuela Mandracchia
.Franco D'Andrea