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Dark yet life-affirming, endlessly inventive and heart-breakingly human - the next novel in the 'Seasonal' cycle, following the Man Booker-shortlisted Autumn.

Winter? Bleak. Earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. But winter makes things visible. And Christmas is a time for family reunions, unexpected guests and evergreen truths.

It's December in Cornwall and Art's mother is seeing things. Art has problems too. His girlfriend has left so he's paying Lux, a young immigrant he found on the street, to impersonate her - but Lux has no intention of sticking to the script. And Iris, Art's prodigal aunt, septuagenarian CND-er and black sheep of the family, is about to arrive with a car full of food and a throat full of protest songs. Four people, strangers and family, in a fifteen-bedroom house for Christmas - will there be enough room for everyone?

Winter casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, art, love and memory, protest and survival.

Reviews

Leaping, laughing, sad, generous and winter-wise, this is a thing of grace

Guardian

Wise and joyful, alive to hope

New Statesman

Splendid: fierce and unsettling. A book that makes one think

Scotsman

A sparkler

Spectator

Extremely funny and heartbreaking. Utterly original

New York Times Book Review

A novel of great ferocity, tenderness and generosity of spirit

Observer

Vintage Smith

Jackie Kay

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  • Paperback

    9780241973332

    October 15, 2018

    Hamish Hamilton

    336 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241207024

    November 15, 2017

    Hamish Hamilton

    336 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241207031

    November 13, 2017

    Hamish Hamilton

    336 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • Winter
    Ali Smith

    EBook

    9780241973325

    November 2, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

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