, Feb 7, 2017
- 208 pages
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
A NEW YORK TIMES AND GUARDIAN BEST BOOK OF 2017
From the 2015 Baileys Prize-winning author of How to Be Both: An unconventional love story playing across the boundaries of time and history. . .
The first of four novels in a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories. Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy and the colour-hit of Pop Art—via a bit of very contemporary skulduggery and skull-diggery—Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture, and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means. Autumn is part of the quartet Seasonal: four stand-alone novels, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are), exploring what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative.