Book of the Week: Winter
The first novel in this series by Ali Smith was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. Autumn was a beautiful book, heralded by The Guardian as “the novel of the year”, and Winter is its dazzling successor.
“Winter. Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes.”
The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer's leaves? Dead litter. The world shrinks; the sap sinks. But winter makes things visible. And if there's ice, there'll be fire. In Winter, the second instalment in the Seasonal series, lifeforce matches up to the toughest of the seasons. 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. It's the season that teaches us survival. Here comes Winter.
“A novel of great ferocity, tenderness and generosity of spirit that you feel Dickens would have recognised… Smith is engaged in an extended process of mythologizing the present states of Britain... Luminously beautiful” - The Observer
“Graceful... That trademark mischievous wit and wordplay, a joyful reminder of the most basic, elemental delights of reading ... Infused with some much-needed humour, happiness and hope” - The Independent