Ali Smith’s Seasonal Reading Quartet of books, is a delight. By one of our finest writers, you now have good reading material, all year round.
Autumn is the first book of the series by Booker-nominated writer Ali Smith. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this is an inventive novel. Daniel is a century old. Elizabeth (born in 1984) has her eye on the future. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness.
Winter. It’s bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone. The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer’s leaves? Gone. The world shrinks. The sap sinks. But winter makes things visible. Life matches up to the toughest of seasons. In this second novel, Ali casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory & warmth. Its taproots deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter. It’s the season that teaches us survival.
Spring tells the impossible tale of an impossible time: What unites Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Beethoven, the past, the present, the cardinal directions, a man mourning lost times and a woman trapped in modern times? Spring. The great connective. The time we’re living in is changing nature. Hope springs eternal.
Summer is the unmissable finale of a quartet of seasonal books. Sacha knows the world is in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile the world’s in meltdown. This is a story of people on the brink of change. They’re family, but they think they are strangers. What do people who think they’ve got nothing in common, have in common? Summer.
There are few writers on the world stage who are producing fiction this offbeat and alluring. The New York Times
One of the rarest creatures in the world: a really fearless novelist. Chicago Tribune
Luminously beautiful…A novel of great ferocity, tenderness, righteous anger and generosity of spirit that you feel Dickens would have recognised..The Observer
About the Author
Ali Smith was born in Inverness and lives in Cambridge. Her books have been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and Orange Prize.