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Spring (Seasonal Quartet 3) - Ali Smith

Spring (Seasonal Quartet 3) - Ali Smith

Title: Spring

Author:  Ali Smith

ISBN:  9780241207048

Weight:  853g

Signed first edition, first printing



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Spring by Ali Smith

From the bestselling author of Autumn and Winter, as well as the Baileys Prize-winning How to be both, comes the next instalment in the remarkable, once-in-a-generation masterpiece, the Seasonal Quartet.

What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times?

Spring.  The great connective.

With an eye to the migrancy of story over time, and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare’s most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tells the impossible tale of an impossible time.  In a time of walls and lockdown Smith opens the door.

The time we’re living in is changing nature.  Will it change the nature of story?

From the imagination of the peerless Ali Smith comes a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories, and a story about ageing and time and love and stories themselves.

Hope springs eternal.

Peer & Press Reviews

Luminous, generous, hope-filled…  The third book in Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet is her best yet, a dazzling hymn to hope, uniting the past and present with a chorus of voices…  [Ali Smith] is lighting us a path out of the nightmarish now.


Smith is a masterful storyteller, with just a few words she can build engaging worlds and identifiable characters…  Spring is political but Smith is more concerned with the human fallout of current affairs then the machinations of elites…  Through her account of unlikely friendships, Smith brings human values to the fore.  Savour it, because there is just one instalment left.

Evening Standard

A powerful vision of lost souls in a divided Britain…  As Smith’s Seasonal Quartet moves towards completion her own role in British fiction looks ever more vital.  The final page proclaims spring ‘the great connective’.  It’s not a bad description of Smith herself.


Bibliographic Info

Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition features

This is a beautifully produced book with the much-admired Hamish Hamilton square spine, which strengthens the cover and aids longevity.  Its covered in a teal coloured cloth and has silver decorative head and tail bands.

Instead of a dust jacket, the book has a card ‘belly band’.  On its inside flaps is all the info normally found on a standard jacket.

SeriesSeasonal Quartet – book 3
Overall conditionVery fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020 – longlist

Highland Book Prize 2019 – shortlist

Book Stats
PublisherPenguin Random House
ImprintHamish Hamilton
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139780241207048
ISBN 100241207045
FormatHardcover, no dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 141 x 32mm
Design Credits
Author photographSarah Wood
Belly band artworkLate Spring Tunnel, May, 2006, oil on 2 canvases (48”x36” each, overall 48”x72”) © David Hockney.
Bb photo creditRichard Schmidt
Endpaper artworkWhy cloud, 2016, spray chalk, gouache and charcoal pencil on slate (60.6x67.4x0.9cm unframed) © Tacita Dean, courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.

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