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.
As Margaret Atwood turns 80, we asked some of our favourite writers and activists about how they discovered her work. They told us how her writing influenced them and which of her books are closest to their hearts.
From otter-spotting in Scotland to monsoons in Kolkata, here Ali Smith, William Boyd and nine other Penguin authors share their favourite holiday reading memories.
This summer, we're celebrating the individual books that readers have fallen in love with. We've sought submissions from authors to artists, musicians to booksellers, and from you, Penguin Classics readers. Each book you've shared tells a story of its own, through its cracked spine, dog-eared pages, scribbled margins or its missing cover. And because the most beautiful books are the ones that have been well-read, we’d love to see yours. Look out for the posters across the UK and share your own Classics with us on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #HappyReading.
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.
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 was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of Spring, Winter, Autumn, Public library and other stories, How to be both, Shire, Artful, There but for the, The first person and other stories, Girl Meets Boy, The Accidental, The whole story and other stories, Hotel World, Other stories and other stories, Like and Free Love. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Bailey's Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Autumn was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and Winter was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2018. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.
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