The Accidental by Ali Smith
The Accidental is Ali Smith's dazzling novel about a family holiday and a stranger who upends it.
Arresting and wonderful, The Accidental pans in on the Norfolk holiday home of the Smart family one hot summer. There a beguiling stranger called Amber appears at the door bearing all sorts of unexpected gifts, trampling over family boundaries and sending each of the Smarts scurrying from the dark into the light.
A novel about the ways that seemingly chance encounters irrevocably transform our understanding of ourselves, The Accidental explores the nature of truth, the role of fate and the power of storytelling.
'A beguiling page-turner. . . a brilliant creation. To read The Accidental is to be excited from first to last' - Independent
'Joyous, a shot across the bows. . . writing as rapture, as giddy delight' - The Times
'Brilliant and engaging, frequently hilarious. . . Smith makes one look at the world afresh' - Sunday Telegraph
Format: Paperback | 320 pages
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9 x 2.0 | 424g
Publication Date: 01 May 2006
Publisher: Penguin Books UK
Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom
A book that has been read but is in good condition. Some damage to the cover including minor scuff marks, and a single large crease on the back cover, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged with very minimal creasing but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.