Summer by Ali Smith, published by Hamish Hamilton, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Highland Book Prize.
Summer by Ali Smith, published by Hamish Hamilton
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
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?
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of Spring, Winter, Autumn, Public library and other stories, How to be both, Shire, Artful, There but for the, The first person and other stories, Girl Meets Boy, The Accidental, The whole story and other stories, Hotel World, Other stories and other stories, Like and Free Love. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Bailey’s Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Autumn was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and Winter was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2018. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.