The website of
“one of Britain’s most challenging and original novelists” Times Literary Supplement
With extracts from the novels (although the text of China Dreams is complete), journalism, and unpublished short stories and poems.
You can write to me via sid [at] sidsmith [dot] co [dot] uk
The Wikipedia entry
On BBC Radio 4:
Writing novels about a place you haven’t been (from 8min in)
Writing novels is boring – poetry is best (from 16min 40sec in)
“Sonnet II” (March 3); “A Plea” (Feb 17); “A Prisoner” (Jan 13); “Sonnet” (Dec 12); “From A to Beer” (Nov 7); “Big Red Button”; “Home”; “Face Down”; “Home after Christmas”; “Night Wind”; “The Lizard”; “Song in Summer”; “Iraq”; “An English Spinster, 1928”; “My Daddy can Whistle”; “My Terror of Todmorden”; “Uncle Sidney Tucks You In”; “Pain Considered”; “Burscough”; “Life”; “I See A Gourmet”; “To My Father”; “New Windows”; “My Wife Is Beautiful”; etc, etc
“Brief”; “On a Birthday”; “Sex Change at the London Hospital”; “A Very Hippy Christmas”
War, pianos and strange sex with mirrors.
or: “In the Chunnel, Arguing with the Missus”
From (Picador, 2001)
Whitbread First Novel Award, James Tait Black Memorial Prize
“This amazing, authoritative tale of a deserter in China – ‘the only round-eye in the Red Guards’ – stains the mind indelibly, like a beautiful, harrowing dream”: Books of the Year, Daily Telegraph
From (Picador, 2003)
“A poetic novel
and a serious literary novel, but also an adventure story. The writing is
wonderful, absolutely brilliant. There is no Whitbread Second Novel Award, but
he would be up for it”: Tom Sutcliffe,
The full text of (Picador, 2007)
Introduction to ebook version of China Dreams
“Plot summary cannot capture the strange beauty of this spare and intricately constructed novel”: The Guardian
“A string of visions that could be taken from Chinese folklore, but have as many resonances with the Bacchae, or the cult of Cybele. These nightmares have all the authority of world myth … Smith has made something fierce, alternative and horribly real”: Daily Telegraph
STORIES ABOUT MIRRORS
I’m a sub-editor at The Times and write the occasional piece for the paper. These days it’s behind a paywall, but if you have access you can search for my by-line, or here are some direct routes: My Japanese Wedding, a Historic Homes piece, another one, a shortie about British action novels and one on JP Donleavy’s The Ginger Man.
ON PATRICK O’BRIAN’S MASTER AND COMMANDER SERIES
Random notes about novels I adore:
“Is Stephen Maturin the best character in all literature? He’s the best I know.
Is his friendship with Jack Aubrey the best in all literature? It’s the best I know.”