Girl Meets Boy

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Girl Meets Boy
First edition
with quote from Joyce Carol Oates
Author Ali Smith
Cover artist Tracey Emin
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Canongate Books
Publication date
1 Nov 2007
Media type Print & eBook
Pages 164
ISBN 1-84767-264-7

Girl Meets Boy is a 2007 novel by Scottish author Ali Smith and published by Canongate in the Canongate Myth Series. It was one of the 'best books of 2007' according to critics at The Independent.[1]


A modern-day reinterpretation of Ovid's myth of Iphis,[2] it concerns two sisters, Anthea and Imogen (Midge) living in Inverness. Imogen works in the marketing department of a large company producing bottled water, Anthea is on work experience in the same department but then falls in love with Robin, a female eco-warrior. It also vividly portrays her sister Imogen and her joyful emergence from low self-esteem.

Cover drawing[edit]

The cover drawing on the first edition is by Tracey Emin and entitled Self-portrait as a Small Bird.


  1. ^ "The best books of 2007". 30 December 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Girl Meets Boy, by Ali Smith". 28 October 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 

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