LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2021
Escape into summer with the crowning glory of Ali Smith's outstanding Seasonal quartet
In the present, Sacha knows the world's in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble.Meanwhile the world's in meltdown - and the real meltdown hasn't even started yet. In the past, a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they're living on borrowed time.
This is a story about people on the brink of change. They're family, but they think they're strangers. So: where does family begin? And what do people who think they've got nothing in common have in common?
PRAISE FOR SEASONAL:
'The novel of the year is obviously Autumn' Observer on Autumn
'Masterful... Winter is utterly original' New York Times Book Review on Winter
'Luminous, generous, hope-filled... A dazzling hymn to hope. Ali Smith is lighting us a path out of the nightmarish now' Observer on Spring
'Smith's seasonal quartet of novels is a bold and brilliant experiment' Independent
An astonishing finale to a prescient series . . . Ali Smith brilliantly weaves strands of joy and celebration to end her Seasonal Quartet
The first great coronavirus novel - a book to savour, a literary tour de force that captures the nation's psyche exquisitely
This singular writer has found her moment
A maestra's portrait of her age. . . remarkable
Few writers today can make a more compelling claim to singularity of innovation and sustained brilliance
The bravura performance of a writer, poised at the edge of the day's vast darkness, gathering all the warmth and light of our inner summer
Smith bring[s] this brilliant quartet to a satisfying close
The final flourish of a mazy and beautiful quartet
Ali Smith’s literary career has been one of impressive breadth and versatility. Whether you've already read some of her writing or you're new to her work, this is our essential guide on which of her books to pick up next.
A selection of reads that will take you to different lands and time periods, all from the comfort of your favourite reading spot.