When you leave Ireland aged 22 to spend your parents’ money, it’s called a gap year. When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money, she’s not sure what to call it, but it involves:

– a badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children;

– Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room;

– Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks;

– money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections.

Exciting times ensue.

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‘Summer by Ali Smith is exquisite. Smith is in a class of her own and the culmination of her remarkable seasonal quartet proves it.’ Nicola Sturgeon

2020 Book of the Year according to The Spectator, TLS, New Statesman and the FT

The unmissable finale to Ali Smith’s dazzling literary tour de force: the Seasonal quartet concludes in 2020 with Summer

LONGLISTED FOR THE HIGHLAND BOOK PRIZE 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?Summer. ‘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’ Irish Times ‘A maestra’s portrait of her age . .

. remarkable’ Guardian

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson




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