Ali Smith: Two Possible Stories

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'It's random. The book you'll get will start with one of those starts and that will be the start you're stuck with… Because we are stuck with the stories that we get given, but the very notion that there's another version, just at the back of it… It's more than resonating, it's about the possibility that just sits behind a given version of things.'

– Ali Smith, speaking on How to be both at the Bookshop last September. (Listen to the full event here.)

In the spirit of this potentially anti-sequential and possibility-filled novel, I have drawn two possible stories of Ali Smith's work. The story of her books in chronological order of publication and my story, the order in which I read them.