Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. Her first book "Free Love and Other Stories" won the Saltire First Book Award. Her novels include "Like" (1997); "Hotel World" (2001), which won the Encore Award, the East England Arts Award of the Year, and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award in 2002; "The Accidental" (2005), winner of the Whitbread Novel Award; and "There but for the" (2011). Smith’s latest novel is "How to Be Both" (2014), and her latest collection of stories is "Public library and other stories" (2015). Ali Smith also writes for the Guardian, the Scotsman and The Times Literary Supplement.