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September 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.

From the imagination of the peerless Ali Smith comes a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories, and a story about ageing and time and love and stories themselves. Here comes Autumn.

On being Longlisted for the Man Booker prize Ali Smith said; "A lovely surprise – I'm very very chuffed – but especially to be on this longlist, in such bloody good company".

You can read an interview with her on the Man Booker website here.

If you like Ali Smith you might also like to read books by A L Kennedy, Monica Ali and Jennifer Egan.

Synopsis

Autumn by Ali Smith

A breathtakingly inventive new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author of How to be both.

Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That's what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand in hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.

Ali Smith's new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. This first in a seasonal quartet casts an eye over our own time. Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearian jeu d'esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s Pop art: the centuries cast their eyes over our own history-making. Here's where we're living. Here's time at its most contemporaneous and its most cyclic.

Reviews

'In a country apparently divided against itself, a writer such as Smith is more valuable than a whole parliament of politicians' Financial Times

'Undoubtedly Smith at her best. Puckish, yet elegant; angry, but comforting' The Times

'A beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities... The first post-Brexit novel' Guardian

'Terrific, extraordinary, playful... There is an awful lot to lift the soul' Daily Mail

'Bold and brilliant' Observer

'I love Ali Smith's writing, and I've been keeping Autumn for an end-of-book holiday treat' Val McDermid, The Observer

'The book I'd like to receive for Christmas: Ali Smith's Autumn.' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

'Fantastic writing, big ideas and generosity of spirit' Spectator

'[Ali Smith] is Scotland's Nobel laureate-in-waiting - and I can't wait for her new book' Sebastian Barry, Observer

About the Author

Ali Smith

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Other Stories and Other Stories, Hotel World, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy, The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful, How to be both, and Public Library and other stories. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.

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Book Info

Publication date

31st August 2017

Author

Ali Smith

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Books of the Month
Family Drama
Man Booker 2017
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241973318

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