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

Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy and the colour-hit of Pop Art (via a bit of very contemporary skulduggery and skull-diggery), Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means.

Autumn is the first installment in Ali Smith's novel quartet Seasonal: four standalone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are), exploring what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative.

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.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:264 pages
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  • Diane S ?
    Dec 10, 2016

    Ali Smith is not an easy author to read and yet her words and thoughts are beautiful. If you like a linear plot, you will not find it here, though it is mostly set in the period after Brexit, it goes...

  • Ilse
    Nov 21, 2016

    This is EnglandAutumn is to be the first instalment of ‘a seasonal quartet’ that Ali Smith plans to write - a cycle ‘exploring the subjective experience of time, questioning the nature of time i...

  • Seemita
    Jan 12, 2017

    [A formidable 3.5][Originally appeared here:]She has done it in the past; and she does it again here. Ali Smith’s fixation on, and a visible mastery of, stor...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Oct 31, 2016

    4.5★ (Read and reviewed February 28, 2017)Oh my, what to make of this book? I’ve not read Ali Smith before, and I can’t recall anything that was quite the mix of poetry, history, art, family dyn...

  • Gill
    Oct 15, 2016

    December 2016I re-read this at the start of December and still think about it. I've upgraded it to 5 stars.'Autumn' by Ali Smith4.5 stars/ 9 out of 10From the opening sentence (which is referential to...

  • Teresa
    Nov 25, 2016

    4.5Death, Dickens, refugees, trees, fear, old age, Brexit, friendship, Shakespeare, love, lies, Christine Keeler, art, fences, stories, Pauline Boty (lots of the lovely Pauline Boty), seeing, Keats, d...

  • Susan
    Oct 10, 2016

    This short novel is the first in a seasonal quartet – each a standalone book, but interconnected. I was listening to a podcast, “Books and Authors” set during the Edinburgh Festival, and somebod...

  • MJ Nicholls
    Nov 20, 2016

    Ali Smith is a prolific story writer, critic, and playwright, but her novels alone have blasted her into the mesosphere of critical adulation, and this first part of an exciting seasonal quartet furth...

  • Emma
    Oct 14, 2016

    At first I couldn't be sure whether I loved or hated this short novel. Ali Smith's language is like a maze for the mind. It's both stilted and beautiful, a stream of consciousness that reworks the rea...

  • Paul Fulcher
    Oct 28, 2016

    Pauline Boty with her, now lost, painting Scandal 63 based on (a variation of) the famous Christine Keeler photographic portrait by Lewis Morley.For my full review of Autumn please see the excellent M...