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Autumn

Autumn

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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.

Title:Autumn
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0241207002
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Number of Pages:264 pages
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  • Ilse

    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...

  • Diane S ?

    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...

  • Hannah Greendale

    Ambitious for its distinctiveness but too subtle and fractal for the scope of its depth to be fully grasped in one read.Video review to come in my Man Booker Prize Wrap Up....

  • Barry Pierce

    Hailed as the first post-Brexit novel, in Autumn Ali Smith proves to us all that she is probably the greatest writer currently working in the United Kingdom. The fact that this novel was published a...

  • Hugh

    My fourth book from the Booker longlist, this is another that, like Reservoir 13, would make a worthy winner. At the time of its release this book was billed as the first Brexit novel, but there is so...

  • Seemita

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

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I was going to save this to read in the autumn, but then it was included in the Man Booker Prize Long List so I moved it up.This is described as a post-Brexit novel, and it does take place in that wor...

  • PattyMacDotComma

    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...

  • Teresa

    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...

  • Gill

    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...