The Accidental by Ali Smith

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The Accidental is Ali Smith’s dazzling novel about a family holiday and a stranger who upends it. Arresting and wonderful, The Accidental pans in on the Norfolk holiday home of the Smart family one hot summer. There a beguiling stranger called Amber appears at the door bearing all sorts of unexpected gifts, trampling over family boundaries and sending each of the Smarts scurrying from the dark into the light.

Reviewed by Bridewell Beauties

The narrative didn’t flow. Virginia Woolf did it better. As a group we did not enjoy the book. A disappointment.

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  1. Review by Petersfield U3A Group 4
    We cannot fathom how this book was shortlisted for The Booker. Only one of our group struggled to finish it. The rest of us gave up somewhere between pages 50-100.
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