Autumn: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 (Seasonal)

  • Autumn – Audiobook
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

'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

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

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 . . .

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

'Bold and brilliant' Observer

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4701 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1101870737
  • Publisher: Penguin (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01C3NCZOU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Wonderful should winthe Man Booker this time. It is poetic and full of love for life even when life disappoints and people let you down profoundly. I would recommend it to all who have hope in their heart, it was over too soon can’t wait for the next season.

 on 17 September 2017
By P. A. Merrick
And full of love for life, even when people disappoint and worse. It was over too soon and left me looking forward to Winter, Spring and Summer. Perfect.

Good and thoughtful

 on 21 May 2017
By Amazon Customer
An enjoyable, thought provoking book but meanders a little towards the end. But perhaps that is the point of Autumn.

What a wonderful mix of poetry, history, art, family dynamics, and philosophy – not to mention politics!

3 people found this helpful.
 on 1 March 2017
By PattyMacDotComma
4.5★

Memories and Dreams

3 people found this helpful.
 on 30 December 2016
By prisrob
“1882 — Mark Twain, On the Decay of the Art of Lying [1].

It has been a great book to read just before bed due to the …

3 people found this helpful.
 on 30 June 2017
By Charlotte E. Burt
In essence it is about a platonic relationship between an elderly man and a girl who grows into a young woman. It is a book about youth and ageing and Elizabeth’s mother appears to be the voice of society when she disapproves of the unlikely friendship. Daniel Gluck and Elizabeth Demand met when they where neighbors whilst Elizabeth was a child, now in 2016 Daniel is 101 years old and is in a care facility an “increased sleep period”. Elizabeth visits him frequently and it is implied that this is the twilight of his very long life.

A hugely important message for these troubled times

One person found this helpful.
 on 4 September 2017
By Ali Thurm
As ever, Ali Smith shows off her prodigious talent for challenging the novel form. In Autumn, she focuses on themes readers will be familiar with from previous novels: the vital importance of reading and art, relationships that don’t meet conventional expectations, the gaze, and the mutability of time. Set shortly after the Brexit referendum, she moves between characters, and jumps forwards and backwards across years and decades to create a flickering world where time stretches and contracts. ‘Time travel is real…We do it all the time. Moment to moment, minute to minute.’ At the heart of the novel is the unconventional relationship between Elisabeth and Daniel who met when she interviewed him for a school project about neighbours; she was a child and he already middle aged, but it was a meeting of minds that gradually turned into love.

Four Stars

 on 24 January 2017
By F MCLEAN
Really interesting new novel.

Contemporary literature at its finest.

3 people found this helpful.
 on 18 January 2017
By Linwoo
This is a remarkable, beautifully written book that weaves multitudinous social, creative and political themes in a concise, clever, but never smug or pretentious, way. Ali Smith’s playful, poetic approach to language and time is exquisite. Particularly impressive is her ability to comment on social injustice and inequality with a lightness of touch, humour and hope. It’s easily the best book I have read in some time; each line, paragraph and chapter is to be savoured, revisited and enjoyed again. How did she manage to write this and be published in October 16, just a few months after the referendum vote?

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