Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. Her new novel Autumn is published with Hamish Hamilton in 2016. She is the author of The Accidental, Free Love and Other Stories, Hotel World, Girl Meets Boy, Like, Other Stories and Other Stories, Artful, The Whole Story and Other Stories, There but for the, The First Person and Other Stories, How to be both, and Public Library and other stories. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.