It’s simply a matter of time

Ali Smith’s seasonal series has defined our fraught, febrile era. And this last instalment, the first serious coronavirus novel, is a deeply affecting sign off, writes Alex Preston


Summer Ali Smith Hamish Hamilton, £16.99, pp400 I’m not sure I’ve ever looked forward to a book as eagerly as Ali Smith’s Summer. This is the final instalment of her seasonal quartet, a series that has already been celebrated by reviewers and readers...

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