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There but for the 

There but for the (2011)
A novel by Ali Smith

 
Awards
Orange Prize for Fiction (nominee)
From the award-winning author of Hotel World and The Accidental, a dazzling, funny, and wonderfully exhilarating new novel.

At a dinner party in the posh London suburb of Greenwich, Miles Garth suddenly leaves the table and locks himself in an upstairs room, communicating only through notes slipped under the door to his involuntary hosts, the Lee family. In an act of desperation, Genevieve Lee summons Anna, a woman Miles knew briefly as a teenager, in the hope that she might be able to lure him out. Anna quickly finds herself thrust into the chaotic and surreal world of the Lees: their precocious nine-year-old neighbor, Brooke; their dinner guest Mark; and May, an elderly woman living nearby. Though each of these characters knows Miles only slightly, his self-imposed isolation will serve as the central event linking them to one another and to their own pasts.

Brilliantly audacious, disarmingly playful, full of Smith's trademark wit and puns, There But For The is a deft exploration of the human need for separation - from our pasts and from one another - and the redemptive possibilities for connections. It is a tour de force by one of our finest writers.

Genre: General Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

September 2011 : Hardback
Title: There But For The: A Novel
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: 0375424091 / 9780375424090 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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June 2011 : Hardback
Title: There but for the
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: 0241143403 / 9780241143407 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : Paperback
Title: There But For The: A Novel
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: 0307275248 / 9780307275240 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

July 2012 : Paperback
Title: There But for the
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: 0241961955 / 9780241961957 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

July 2012 : Paperback
Title: There but for the
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: 0141025190 / 9780141025193 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

June 2011 : Paperback
Title: There But for the
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: 024114454X / 9780241144541 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

November 2011 : Audio CD
Title: There But For The (Unabridged Audiobook)
Author(s): Ali Smith, narrated by Diane Beck
ISBN: 140749404X / 9781407494043 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

September 2011 : Audio CD
Title: There But For The
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: 1611746167 / 9781611746167 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: There But For The: A Novel
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: B004J4X7A8
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   

June 2011 : Kindle edition
Title: There but for the
Author(s): Ali Smith
ISBN: B004WNA8U8 / 9780141025193
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK   

 


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