The Accidental by Ali Smith

PUBLISHED: 11:18 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

Ali Smith s Whitbread award winning novel centres on the Smart family in their Norfolk holiday home one hot summer. A stranger called Amber appears at the door and a quiet summer is turned on its head. This is an artful, innovative book and as such not al

Ali Smith's Whitbread award winning novel centres on the Smart family in their Norfolk holiday home one hot summer.

A stranger called Amber appears at the door and a quiet summer is turned on its head.

This is an artful, innovative book and as such not always the easiest of reads.

Smith's pleasure in playing with language is a joy to witness but can sometimes make the book hard to get into.

However, stick with it and you won't be disappointed.

Thanks to Ottakar's of Stevenage 3/5

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