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

We feel boundaries and division, 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.

Mesmerising and poetic. A beautiful and unique short read.

The first of 4 seasonal novels on the state of a nation.

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.

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PUBLISHED: 2016

GENRE: Literary fiction

PAGES: 260

AWARDS: Man Booker 2017 Shortlist

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