‘Girl Meets Boy’ by Ali Smith

‘Let me tell you about when I was a girl, my grandfather says’. Girls meets Boy had me hooked from the first line. An imaginative re-version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, it follows two sisters as they grapple with life, love, and finding a place to exist in the modern world.

This book is joyful, funny, poetic, clever, magical, brilliant. I really loved it.  The novella is short, and I don’t want to give too much away, but for me, it perfectly encapsulated the power of storytelling, of words, to simultaneously enable change and root us to our shared cultural past; to help us formulate and understand our own identity, and to communicate that identity to the world around us. A stunning piece of work.

Ali Smith

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