Companion piece

Companion piece

The new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of How to be both

Summary

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

The unmissable new work from Ali Smith, following the dazzling Man Booker-shortlisted Seasonal quartet


'A story is never an answer. A story is always a question.'

Here we are in extraordinary times.
Is this history?

What happens when we cease to trust governments, the media, each other?
What have we lost?
What stays with us?
What does it take to unlock our future?

Following her astonishing quartet of Seasonal novels, Ali Smith again lights a way for us through the nightmarish now, in a vital celebration of companionship in all its forms.

'Every hello, like every voice, holds its story ready, waiting.'

LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2022

Praise for the Seasonal Quartet

A ONCE IN A GENERATION SERIES

'State-of-the-nation novels which understand that the nation is you, is me, is all of us' New Statesman

'Ali Smith is lighting us a path out of the nightmarish now' Observer

'A book to savour, a literary tour de force that captures the nation's psyche exquisitely' Evening Standard on Summer

Summer won the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, 2021

Autumn was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, 2017

Summer was a Sunday Times Number 1 bestseller

Reviews

  • Superb, radical, remarkable
    Mohsin Hamid, New York Times

About the author

Ali Smith

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of Spring, Winter, Autumn, Public library and other stories, How to be both, Shire, Artful, There but for the, The first person and other stories, Girl Meets Boy, The Accidental, The whole story and other stories, Hotel World, Other stories and other stories, Like and Free Love. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Bailey's Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Autumn was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and Winter was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2018. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.
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