Reviews

  • "Diverse and delightful… These sharp little essays capture the wonder of things with photographic immediacy… This is an inspiring, surprising collection"

    The Times
  • "Brilliantly conveys the sense you get, as a prospective parent, that the world is brand new… It’s all beautifully done."

    William Leith, Evening Standard
  • "In Autumn, a lyrical cabaret beside the grand opera of the My Struggle books, taboo memories and forbidden feelings disrupt the grown-up project of a compendium of fatherly wisdom... Autumn glows with a radiant attachment to 'the world, as it is'... From sunshine to head-lice, it celebrates the 'dizzying intensity of being'."

    The Economist
  • "Quietly illuminates Knausgaard's profound gift for making the reader see the world in fresh and unpredictable ways."

    Stuart Evers, The Observer
  • "This book is full of wonders… Loose teeth, chewing gum, it all becomes noble, almost holy, under Knausgaard’s patient, admiring gaze. The world feels repainted."

    Parul Sehgal, New York Times
  • "Autumn… returns to the scintillating tangent that characterized the early volumes of My Struggle, when he still allowed his midlife self airtime. On each subject [Knausgaard] combines an almost comically microscopic focus with a stealthy flair for producing a bigger picture that is all the more arresting for arriving by surprise."

    Anthony Cummins, Daily Telegraph
  • "It is when elements of autobiography creep in that the book comes most alive, as when he writes about choosing his father’s wellington boots as a memento after his death."

    Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph
  • "Knausgaard writes about the textures of ordinariness with a microscopic focus that’s both wondrous and absurd… There are blissful glimpses of nature’s mystery and balance."

    Henry Hitchings, Financial Times
  • "Having given us his saga of experience, these are Knausgaard’s Songs of Innocence… The tension for the reader lies in watching the author navigate his way from the banal into the celestial otherness of the thing he is encountering… Knausgaard sees the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower."

    Frances Wilson, Times Literary Supplement
  • "…the modest ambitions of Autumn - ‘to show you our world as it is now: the door, the floor, the water tap’ - add up to a phenomenological rescue mission, one the writer undertakes on behalf of his daughter, but also of himself and his reader. Day by day, radiantly, the mission succeeds."

    Garth Risk Hallberg, The New York Times Book Review

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