Autumn

Autumn

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 20/10/2016
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Autumn
One of the best books I have read this year
Set against the topical back drop of the UK referendum of result and the hysteria over immigration, this book is a quietly funny and moving story about a r... READ MORE
Sophie Woodward-Rowe

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**Longlisted for the [Man Booker Prize 2017](https://www.waterstones.com/category/cultural-highlights/book-awards/the-man-booker-prize)**
All across the country, there was misery and rejoicing. All across the country, what had happened whipped about by itself as if a live electric wire had snapped off a pylon in a storm and was whipping about in the air above the trees, the roofs, the traffic. All across the country, people felt it was the wrong thing. All across the country, people felt it was the right thing. All across the country, people felt they’d really lost. All across the country, people felt they’d really won.
Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That's what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? 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. Ali Smith's new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. This first in a seasonal quartet casts an eye over our own time. Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearian jeu d'esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s Pop art: the centuries cast their eyes over our own history-making. Here's where we're living. Here's time at its most contemporaneous and its most cyclic. 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. Here comes Autumn. 'In a country apparently divided against itself, a writer such as Smith, who makes you feel known, who seems to speak to your own private weirdnesses, is more valuable than a whole parliament of politicians.' Alex Preston, *The Financial Times* 'Autumn is a beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities; the “endless sad fragility” of mortal lives.' *The Guardian* **In [an exclusive interview with Ali Smith about *Autumn*](https://www.waterstones.com/blog/a-waterstones-exclusive-interview-with-ali-smith) we talk about the joy of a novel swift in its making and what the seasons mean for her.**

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241207000
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 400g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 27 mm

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