Autumn – Ali Smith

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 around, as ever.

Autumn: SHORTLISTED for the Man Booker Prize 2017 is mesmerising and poetic, the first book in the seasonal quartet of novels about the state of a nation.

Autumn is the story of a young woman and her relationship with a neighbour who looks after her as a child and teaches her much about art and life.

This is a book about boundaries and division; ultimately the themes of Brexit. Contrasting with the protagonist’s fascination with a British female pop artist who tried to break down boundaries in her own time.

A beautiful and unique short read.

A frost has snapped millions of trees all across the country into brightness. The ones that aren’t evergreen are a combination of beautiful and tawdry, red orange gold the leaves, then brown, and down.

Autumn

PUBLISHED: 2016

GENRE: Literary fiction

PAGES: 260

AWARDS: Man Booker 2017 Shortlist

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