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336pp, Pen­guin, £8.99

This se­cond in­stal­ment of Smith’s sea­sonal quar­tet is just as top­i­cal as the first, Autumn, but the cast is (mostly) new. It’s a Christ­mas tale – of Sophia, a for­mer busi­ness­woman now holed up in a coun­try pile, and her son, Art. Grief and pain loom large, but Smith’s quizzi­cal, feather-light prose ra­di­ates hu­man­ity and charm.

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