Artful by Ali Smith

Artful by Ali Smith


Narrated by a character who is haunted - literally - by a former lover, Artful slips slyly between fiction and essay, guiding the reader thrillingly through a sequence of ideas on art and literature. With Smith's trademark humour, inventiveness, poignancy and critical insight, this is unique experiment in form, style, life, love, death, immortality and what art can mean.

Based on four electrifying lectures given by the author at Oxford University, and exploring the explosive connections between art, story, memory and grief - Artful is a tidal wave of ideas to blast away the cobwebs and change how you see the world.


Artful, like all work by Ali Smith, is a gift for the soul, the mind, the heart. By the author of How to be Both and Girl Meets Boy




'Artful is a revelation; a new kind of book altogether . . . it could have only been written by Ali Smith . . . makes you glad to be alive.' - Jackie Kay


'Playful and audacious.' - Independent

'Powerful and moving.' - London Review of Books 

'Magical... Blending of criticism and fiction, Artfulbelongs in a genre of its own . . . Joyful for anyone interested in the art of writing, and living, well.' - Anita Sethi, New Statesman

  • Details

    Imprint: Penguin

    Publication Date: 3 October 2013

    ISBN: 9780241959572

    Pages: 240

    Format: Paperback

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