• Victoria’s Book Review: Autumn by Ali Smith
  • Autumn – Audiobook
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'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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

A hugely important message for these troubled times

23 people 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.


 on 15 November 2017
By Kindle Customer
Smith seems to dislodge her moral and aesthetic commitments onto her main characters. It’s erudite but Elisabeth is well educated it’s corny but Mr Gluck is a sweet old man. The rapport and repartee between them is joyful and joy giving. What you aren’t so sure of is what the writer wants us to make of it if anything. She does reveal something of herself in an ecstatic penultimate rave on the story of Pauline Boty – the female Pop artist, in a synthesis of author, character and artist-subject. Otherwise it’s a relatively mild and very witty rendition of (post) Brexit Britain and so much more.

Autumn as harbinger of futurity

 on 29 October 2017
By Amazon Customer
Poignant, endearing and contemporary reflection on how lifelines, culture and politics entwine in the narrative that is human history.

Bright as a button!

 on 8 November 2017
By Tamara Bowler
Ali Smith writes how I would love to think! Her wit jumps from one idea to another with intelligent fluidity.

Contemporary literature at its finest.

6 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?

Mellow, misty and fruitful

 on 2 October 2017
By J. Sweetman
Wow, I enjoyed this novel: entertaining, challenging complex and multi-layered. Daniel Gluck is on the way out after an interesting and full life which we glimpse in fragments through his conversations with Elisabeth his young friend, mentee, whatever. She has a neglecting and eccentric mother who has rollercoasted through life and has now found happiness with the energetic Zoe. Doesn’t sound much like the substance of a novel does it and Ali Smith at times veers towards what you might fall the social worker genre of literature but here she is at her best. The book is about lots of things but mostly about what a nasty society we have become since the establishment rolled us over in the 1960s after the underwear of the toffs got glimpsed so they burned the art and marginalised the women to restore some order. And that is where we are, folks, sanctimonious, self-deceiving and, hopefully, just about having the guts to give this the Booker!

A thought-provoking little book.

3 people found this helpful.
 on 19 September 2017
By Firmin's Whiskers
I’m not an intelligent-sounding book reviewer and I’m sure I can’t even begin to grasp half of the ideas that are presented especially in contemporary fiction, however it doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it at my own level. Autumn being a case in point. Like Elisabeth, I became emotionally attached to Daniel and was eager to hear nuggets of his history being divulged slowly throughout the novel. The excellent writing perfectly captures the zeitgeist of Britain post-Brexit referendum and is worthy of inclusion in the Booker Shortlist – in my humble opinion.

Autumnal thoughts in Brexit Britain

3 people found this helpful.
 on 30 July 2017
By Siobhan Dunlop
Another great book by Ali Smith, Autumn is about retreating and uncovering stories, about divisions in modern Britain, and about a kind of autumnal melancholy sparked by things falling apart like always. It is written in Smith’s distinctively punning and clever style, infused with pop culture and literary references, which will not be for everyone but will delight fans and anyone who likes stylistic literary fiction about vividly described characters, with the action and thought mixed closely together.
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