2018 Book prize short list


Ali Smith

Published by: Hamish Hamilton

“Witty, wise and constantly surprising, the second novel in Ali Smith’s seasonal state-of-the-nation quartet resists the temptations of agitprop and invective to paint a delicate, historically nuanced portrait of Britain in the age of Brexit. A much-needed reminder that resolution, in life as in art, can only really come when each side learns to see something of itself in the other.” – Lorien Kite

In the second novel in her Seasonal cycle, Smith’s shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter.