Anthea works at Pure, helping men with shaved heads think up brand names for water: call it Affluent, she suggests. Or Main Stream. She is not, truth be told, completely focused. Until she sees the boy up the ladder, spray-painting the company billboard:
WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT, she reads. SELLING IT IS MORALLY WRONG
The boy up the ladder, dressed in a kilt and sporran. A bright red tartan; a black waistcoat. Frilly cuffs. He is the most beautiful boy Anthea has ever seen in her life.No, look again.She is the most beautiful boy Anthea has ever seen in her life.
In Girl Meets Boy Ali Smith reinterprets the Myth of Iphis, the girl who became a boy, as a brilliant hybrid of satire and romantic comedy. This is a warm, funny, subversive romp through the murky hinterland of corporate perfidy by an author the Scotsman has described as ‘one of our greatest imaginative writers’.