Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer, Ali Smith's Booker Prize-shortlisted, bestselling Seasonal Quartet, is now complete – a unique feat of modern literature that records perhaps the strangest time in living history. Here is the untold story of its creation, in the words of Smith herself and the editors and designers closest to the project.
Spring, the third novel in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet, tells the impossible tale of an impossible time. Here she dicusses what we can expect from the next installment in her remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece.
Books and Christmas go hand in hand for Icelanders. A country famous for its love of books and storytelling, Iceland has a uniquely rich literary heritage. Svanborg Þórdís Sigurðardóttir, a bookseller at Reykjavík’s famous Penninn Eymundsson bookshop, tells us what it’s like to work as a bookseller in Iceland at Christmas.
Set against a backdrop of seismic societal change, the prize-winning author’s second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle offers a glimmer of hope in these uncertain times. She talks to Anna James.
Ali Smith speaks with book blogger Eric Karl Anderson about her moving and inventive novel, Autumn
Ali Smith is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Other Stories and Other Stories, Hotel World, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy, The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful, How to be both, Public library and other stories and Autumn. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.
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