The website of

SID SMITH

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, 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)

 

 

 

POEMS

 

Shorter ones   

“Shut Up” (Nov 9, Oct 8) ; “Gentle London” (Sept 11) ; “The Watcher” (July 16); “Eve’s Complaint to Milton” (May 2); Additions to “Brief” (Aug 12, Aug 7, July 17, Feb 18, etc); “You Are Here” (Feb 8); “Eeeeee!”; “Face Down”; “Me Without You”; “The Woven Spell”; “The Rule”; “From A to Beer”; “Sonnets”; “Hungover”; “Home after Christmas”; “My Terror of Todmorden”; “Little Buddha”; “A Plea”; “A Prisoner”; “Home”; etc, etc

 

Longer ones

Additions to “Sex Change” (June 12, June 11, Mar 31, Mar 4, etc); “On a Birthday”; “A Very Hippy Christmas”

 

Berlin Burned

War, pianos and strange sex with mirrors

 

Why We’re Not Bloody Moving to Bloody France

or, In the Chunnel, Arguing with the Missus

 

 

 

THE NISBET CHRONICLES

 

In which we follow Lord Nelson’s (real-life) stepson through his (not very real) adventures. Think of it as Flashman goes to sea

 

Buy ‘Nisbet and Trafalgar’
Read an extract here

Buy it here for £1.99. (With the free app you can read Kindle books on any device)

 

‘Nisbet and Nelson’s Eye’

A work for when I’m not doing poems. Nisbet’s first voyage and his first exposure to Nelson’s adulteries. Oh, and how did Nelson lose his eye?

Read an extract here

 

 

 

NOVELS

 

Extract from Something Like a House’ (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

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Extract from ‘A House by the River’ (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, BBC Radio 4

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The full text of ‘China Dreams’ (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

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STORIES ABOUT MIRRORS

 

‘The Hat’ 

‘Perry, Young and Old’

‘In The Mirror’

‘Sasha’

‘The Retiree’

Twins’

 

 

JOURNALISM

 

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.”

 

 

 

HOW I BUILT OUR SHOWER

 

Pictures and words about a DIY project