Summer

Ali Smith

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Penguin Books Ltd
6 May 2021
ISBN: 9780241973370
Paperback

From the publisher

WINNER of THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021

LONGLISTED for THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2021 and the HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE

2020 Book of the Year according to the Spectator, TLS, New Statesman and Financial Times

Discover Ali Smith's dazzling, once-in-a-generation series, the Seasonal Quartet, a tour-de-force cycle of novels about love, time, art, politics, and how we live right now

All four instalments of the quartet are available to buy and read in paperback and ebook now: Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer


'Exquisite. Smith is in a class of her own' Nicola Sturgeon

In the present, Sacha knows the world's in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile the world's in meltdown - and the real meltdown hasn't even started yet. In the past, a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they're living on borrowed time.

This is a story about people on the brink of change. They're family, but they think they're strangers. So: where does family begin? And what do people who think they've got nothing in common have in common?

Summer.

'The first great coronavirus novel - a book to savour, a literary tour de force that captures the nation's psyche exquisitely' Evening Standard

'An astonishing finale to a prescient series . . . Ali Smith brilliantly weaves strands of joy and celebration to end her Seasonal Quartet' Irish Times


'A maestra's portrait of her age . . . remarkable' Guardian