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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

Do you get annoyed with uninformative one-word accolades splattered over book covers

 on 15 March 2018
By james gault
Do you get annoyed with uninformative one-word accolades splattered over book covers? The paperback version of this book is so full of them that there’s hardly room left for the title. If some anonymous reviewer from the FT writes ‘Brilliant’, or an unnamed Scotsman reviewer identifies a book as ‘Glorious’, does that mean that I, or you, will automatically like it? I don’t think so.

Writing people back into history – I enjoyed this

 on 8 February 2018
By Emily – London
Always difficult to sum up Ali Smith because her books are like stream of consciousness patchworks stitched together and forming patterns.

Unconventional but readable

 on 15 April 2018
By John Fox
This is not a book for those who want a conventional story, but I did find it very readable. As others have mentioned it has something of the collage about it, with its various components sometimes seeming to be oddly juxtaposed. However, there is something of the conventional novel about it, too, if of a contemporary form in which we switch back and forward between different times and places. What drew me along was my wanting to find out more about who Elisabeth and Daniel were, and what bound them together. There is much here about story-telling, memory, what it means to know another and to connect deeply with another. There is also much variety and playfulness in the writing, which can be poetic and humorous. If I have reservations about the book it lies in the central characters themselves. At one point Elisabeth’s mother describes her as a difficult person to read. And while the writer might well be trying to make the point that we are all hard to know it doesn’t necessarily make for a satisfying read when the two central characters largely remain a mystery to the end. At times, too, I felt that this was ‘arty art’ (to use a phrase that Elisabeth uses at one point). Perhaps that’s unfair but I would emphasise I said ‘at times’. This is probably a book for someone who likes puzzles, word-play, and a bit of philosophising – but it is not a book where you are likely to identify closely with the characters and fully enter their world. But then, I doubt that is the author’s intention.

you wouldn’t care as the prose is so good.

 on 20 March 2017
By Sheppardess
As with all her books, she could be writing about absolutely anything, you wouldn’t care as the prose is so good.

Beautiful

 on 3 March 2017
By Nicky Hogan
Have always loved Ali Smith’s work and read this in 2 days while in Spain. The imagery is gorgeous and the use of language so elegant in her own unique style. Clever, thought provoking and heart warming. Just how is love defined?

Seasonal Read

 on 12 November 2017
By Lynda Edward
Reading Autumn in November seems appropriate. This is a carpet bag of magic tricks from the magician Ali Smith. The art of Pauline Boty, Brexit, Miranda and Prosperous from the Tempest, the Profumo Affair are all in the mix interspersed with some beautiful lyrical musings on the seasons and time. Highly recommended

A distinctive voice

 on 3 December 2017
By Mrs. M. E. Ainsworth
Distinctive style and non-linear p[ot A refreshing and interesting read . Smith’s train of thought provoked an enjoyable bit of further research into artist.t
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