Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 31/08/2017
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A breathtakingly inventive new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author of How to be Both. 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241973318
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 191g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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Hugely imaginative
Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, Autumn is set against the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, with a fractured society turning upon itself. Daniel Gl... READ MORE
Season of missed
Quite enjoyable and fairly easy to read. Undeserving of all the hype it has attracted in the media, though, and justifiably denied the MB prize.
Rick Walsh
No story. Gave up as I was so bored.
pat wood
An Autumn Surprise
I had, shamefully, not read a novel by Ali Smith before, despite having a copy of 'The Accidental' in a cupboard somewhere and having been intrigued by her... READ MORE
New author to me.
I found this very good once I got into it.It is very relative to today,s world and I foundi I could relate to certain aspects of the story.I have now bough... READ MORE
A Mancunian.
Clear and delicious
REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED AT ABOOKORTEN.CO.UK My love for this book is so enormous that I’ve been floundering about how to review it. I’ve had an admiratio... READ MORE
Marianne Dugdale
I've been waiting a year to read a book like this.
I’ve been waiting a year to read a book like this. I only wish I’d read it three months ago, when the falling leaves outside could’ve matched those of this... READ MORE
Georgie Matthews at Windsor
Another amazing Ali Smith novel! Just finished and can't stop thinking about it.
Jo Dillon
No Autumn glory
If I get into a novel I will read it greedily until sated but I found this left me drifting off and forgetting it as I was actually reading! It languished... READ MORE
Ali Smith creates a monument. A literary testimony of the time when Europe lost a part of its heart.
‘’It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. Again. That’s the thing about things. They fall apart, always have, always will, it’s in their natu... READ MORE
Amalia Gkavea
Capturing the social and artistic zeitgeist
I loved this book and I can't really explain why! It mostly focuses on Elisabeth and Daniel's cross-generational friendship. It examines the pigeonholing o... READ MORE