Ali Smith's superb prose has a kind of postmodern - modernist edge that sometimes makes me think of Virginia Woolf. Her subject matter, however, is always pertinent to contemporaneous cultural, political and societal issues. The novels are allusive and intense but also with a fantastic lightness of touch. The books often display an intense interest in paintings and the history of art and there are close readings of paintings within the novels. This helps to make the books very interesting to work with from a perspective of making paintings.
How to be Both