Winter by Ali Smith


The dazzling second novel in Ali Smith's essential Seasonal Quartet — from the Baileys Prize-winning, Man Booker-shortlisted author of Autumn and How to be both.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 ...

Details Winter

Release DateNov 2nd, 2017
PublisherHamish Hamilton
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Cultural, Scotland

Reviews Winter

  • Neil
    Ok, so I am biased and it may be that Ali Smith gets an extra star simply for being Ali Smith. But, even then, when you stop to consider what Smith has done in this second book of her seasonal quartet, it is breathtaking! Ali Smith has her own unique style. Given her very obvious love for Dickens and all things Dickensian, I wanted to say her style is Smithsonian, but someone else has already appropriated that word. No one writes like Smith with ...
  • Callum McAllister
    I didn't enjoy this as much as Autumn. Maybe that's because it's very similar and I read it recently. I mean, you shouldn't review books by comparing them to others. But with the four books in this quartet, this will be pretty inevitable. Again I enjoyed the writing and the story, and found some of the modern politics stuff kind of forced. But it's quite hard to do that in fiction - and we should have fiction that's contemporary and political. Ot...
  • Libby
    I love Ali Smith for a variety of reasons, but one of them is for those parts of her books where it feels like she's untangled something I'm struggling with thinking through and has put it into her wonderful passionate and eloquent prose. This felt more explicitly political than Autumn, and perhaps because of that there were even more of those moments where I felt like my thoughts were being better explained.
  • Simon Kempe
    In Autumn, Brexit loomed over every page and the little written directly on the season itself and yet, it was barely a political novel. Could a sequel be written in the same British point of view about, the hopelessness of post-Brexit? The Trump-era? And then what, the Arab Spring? I didn't have high expectations for the novel itself apart from reading a little more of the same light, effortless prose of the first. And it definitely has it. 'Wint...
  • Jesika
    "But what will the world do, though, Mrs Cleves, Lux says, if we can't solve the problem of the millions and millions of people with no home to go to or whose homes aren't good enough, except by saying go away and building fences and walls? It isn't a good answer, that one group of people can be in charge of the destinies of another group of people and choose whether to exclude them or include them. Human beings have to be more ingenious than thi...
  • Michael
    God, they hate each other, and they hate themselves. I forget how long it takes me to get into a novel by Ali Smith, her writing style seems to combine her own internal tangents in with the story arc and character narrative. Like many will comment, this is the first Brexit and Trump era fiction piece I have come across, but the mixture of Ali Smith's descriptions of the British family Christmas with topical politics makes the novel both current a...