Described by the author Sebastian Barry as ‘Scotland’s Nobel Laureate-in-waiting’, Ali Smith is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary novelists. A pioneer of innovative, narratively experimental fiction, she began her career with the short story collection Free Love and Other Stories. Since then her work has ranged widely and experimentally, garnering numerous awards and prize nominations. Her books include: Hotel World, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize (now the Women's Prize for Fiction), The Accidental, shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize, Girl Meets Boy (part of the Canongate Myths series), There But For The, and How to Be Both, which won the Baileys Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. Smith’s latest project is a “seasonal quartet” of novels beginning with the Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Autumn, Winter and continuing in her latest novel Spring.
Having captured the chaos and catharsis of the dying embers and slumbering promise of Autumn and Winter in 2017 and 2018, Ali Smith turns to new beginnings for the third novel in her peerless seasonal quartet. Interweaving mythical, ancient and primal ideas about the years’ changing faces with a startling immediacy that is fresh, funny and poignant Spring captures - wholly and ineffably – the moment we are in.