I'd never read any Ali Smith, so on the strength of reviews of Autumn I bought "How to be Both" from a charity shop. Then Autumn was on offer at a bookshop so I bought that too. Ali Smith does not write conventional stories, if this small sample is typical, rather she writes about incidents that happen, and not necessarily in chronological order and many just mundane. They are like bits of a jigsaw which the reader tries to slot together to give some coherance to the narrative, but for me I could not construct a picture that had much sense or interest, I gave up How To Be Both but finished Autumn. I can see how her writing might appeal to some readers but she is not an author I will read again.