Ali Smith

First Sentence:     It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.

Back of the book:  

A breathtakingly inventive new novel from the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author of How to be both.

Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer.

Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand in hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever . . .

Quotes from the book:

“Here’s an old story so new that it’s still in the middle of happening, writing itself right now with no knowledge of where or how it’ll end.”

That’s what story is.


It’s the never-ending leaf-fall.

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Last Sentence:     Look at the colour of it.