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Publisher's Summary

Why are books so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives - our own personal libraries - make of us? What does the unraveling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us?

The stories in Ali Smith's new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser, and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make.

Woven between the stories are conversations with writers and readers reflecting on the essential role that libraries have played in their lives. At a time when public libraries around the world face threats of cuts and closures, this collection stands as a work of literary activism - and as a wonderful listen from one of our finest authors.

©2016 Ali Smith (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Thank goodness for Ali Smith, for who else could write a short story collection about libraries and make it wild." (The Times)
"A series of wonderful stories on the power of books." (Mary Beard, The Guardian)
"Extraordinarily artful.... A triumph." (The Times Literary Supplement)

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