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  • Published: 2 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241973370
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99


Winner of the Orwell Prize for Fiction 2021

The dazzling, unforgettable conclusion to Ali Smith's tour de force, Man Booker-shortlisted Seasonal quartet

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?


  • Published: 2 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241973370
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Ali Smith

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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Praise for Summer

A remarkable experiment with timeliness in fiction

Literary Review

The novel's hopeful message about the healing power of friendship ensures the quartet ends on a feel-good note

Sunday Times

This singular writer has found her moment


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

Evening Standard

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


Few writers today can make a more compelling claim to singularity of innovation and sustained brilliance


The bravura performance of a writer, poised at the edge of the day's vast darkness, gathering all the warmth and light of our inner summer

The Washington Post

Smith bring[s] this brilliant quartet to a satisfying close


The final flourish of a mazy and beautiful quartet



The Boston Globe


The Scotsman

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