Posted on 06/27/2021 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s impressive enough to write a novel in real time, let alone four times, as Ali Smith did with her seasonal quartet.

So perhaps it’s unsurprising that the final installment of the series — Summer, which was begun in and covers 2020 — would receive a prestigious literary prize.

Specifically, it received the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, which awards £3,000 ($4,160) to the book that comes closest to achieving author George Orwell’s goal of making political writing into an art.

The Guardian shares praise for Summer from the Orwell Prize judges as well as Smith’s reaction to her victory.

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