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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 . . .

Autumn 2016: Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. And the UK 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 filling up with borders, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. From Shakespearian jeu d'esprit, via Keatsian melancholy and the sheer bright energy of 1960s Pop Art, this first in a quartet of novels casts an eye over our own time, asking who we are, where we are, right now.

Here is time, ever-changing, ever cyclical. Here comes Autumn.

Reviews

A beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities

Guardian

Bravura, brilliant and unsettling . . . leaving you marvelling

Financial Times

Fantastic

Spectator

A terrific writer. There is an awful lot to lift the soul, not least Smith's extraordinary playful use of language

Daily Mail

Undoubtedly Smith at her best. Puckish, yet elegant; angry, but comforting

The Times

Bold and brilliant

Observer

Smith straddles the elegiac and the celebratory through this glorious novel

Scotsman

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241973318

    September 7, 2017

    Hamish Hamilton

    RRP $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9780241207000

    October 1, 2016

    Hamish Hamilton

    208 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • EBook

    9780241973301

    October 20, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

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Also by Ali Smith

Winter
Public Library And Other Stories
Hotel World
How To Be Both
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There But For The
The First Person And Other Stories
Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis