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Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 12/03/2020
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One of my all time favourites!
Smith’s books read like poetry, with the lives of characters intertwining with each other, alongside famous artists and writers. Smith tackles issues of m... READ MORE


Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020 From the bestselling author of Autumn and Winter, as well as the Baileys Prize-winning How to be Both, comes the next installment in the remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times? Spring. The great connective. With an eye to the migrancy of story over time, and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare's most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tells the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown Smith opens the door. The time we're living in is changing nature. Will it change the nature of story? Hope springs eternal.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241973356
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 245g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 20 mm

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False Hope?
Firstly, it’s important to understand when I read Spring. It came amid the COVID-19 lockdown, with spring blooming outside and myself and my family consign... READ MORE
Robin Bairner
Not for me
Spring, Ali Smith's third instalment in her seasonal quartet, has multiple narrative layers with diverse cultural references and themes which in part conne... READ MORE
Lalla Lovaro
Ali Smith – Spring
Just as the years moves on so does Ali Smith with the third volume of her seasonal quartet. Now, its spring time, the time of the year between death and re... READ MORE
Beautifully written
Spring is my favourite season because it is renewal and full of promise. It might arrive with a bang or a whimper or a gentle warm embrace. This third of t... READ MORE
Celia Short
There but for the grace...
The publisher’s description does little to sell this amazing book from Ali Smith. Frankly, based on it, I would put it back on the shelf. But I recently re... READ MORE
Rebecca Masterman
Simply wonderful book - whcih shows us the importance of connection at a time of division
The third of Ali’s Smith’s seasonal quartet after Autumn and Winter. SA4A All of the books feature the firm SA4A (Smith, Ali, Quartet, Autumn) which has... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher
Essential Reading
Ali Smith has written a serious of novels that examine the problems of our times - climate change, Brexit and the rise of far right nationalism and the res... READ MORE
Steve Taylor
‘’If you rise at dawn in a clear sky, and during the month of March, they say you can catch a bag of air so intoxicated with the essence of spring that when it is distilled and prepared, it will produce an oil of gold, remedy enough to heal all ointments.
‘’None of it touches me. It’s nothing but water and dust. You’re nothing but bonedust and water. Good. More useful to me in the end. I’m the child who’s be... READ MORE
Amalia Gkavea