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How to be Both (Paperback)

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How to be both is the dazzling new novel by Ali Smith. Winner Of The Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Short-listed For The Man Booker Prize 2014. Short-listed For The Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction 2015. Winner Of The 2014 Costa Novel Award. Winner Of The Saltire Society Literary Book Of The Year Award 2014. Nominated For The Folio Prize 2015. Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. How to be both is a novel all about art's versatility. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it's a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There's a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There's the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance. "Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today." (Daily Telegraph). "She's a genius, genuinely modern in the heroic, glorious sense." (Alain de Botton). "I take my hat off to Ali Smith. Her writing lifts the soul." (Evening Standard). Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Artful, There but for the, Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy and The First Person and Other Stories.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 16/04/2015 ISBN-13: 9780141025209  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ali Smith is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Other Stories and Other Stories, Hotel World, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy, The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful, How to be both, Public library and other stories and Autumn. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.

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What a cleverly thought out story, or more accurately two, intertwining enticingly. The final conversation between mother and daughter was an intellectual challenge: amusing and poignant. 'How to be Both' is a memorable journey into the familiar, yet strangely unknown.

- 06/08/2015
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Fortunate are we who live in the age when Ali Smith is writing books. Consistently shortlisted for major awards, I've no doubt she'll have that Hilary Mantel moment soon enough and pick up that prize that will elevate her to her rightful place among contemporary literature's pantheon.

There are two editions of How to Be Both, one opening with the story of a 1960s teenage girl whose family is struggling with the death of her mother printed first and the other with the parallel narrative of the creation of a spectacular Renaissance fresco that Georgia was, five centuries later, to see in the National Gallery with her mother shortly before she died. Despite heavyweight themes of bereavement and society's hostility to otherness, the novel toys with its threads with kittenish passion and Smith entertains as much as she engages with her ingenious undermining of stylistic conventions, making the novel glow with compassion.

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It's been a long time since I wanted to start reading a book for a second time the minute I finished it for the for the first.  It's been even longer since I longed to be able to "unread" a book so I could have the experience of reading it for the first time again. Of course I can't do that. What I can do is urge you to read it and have that experience for me. That way I can live vicariously through you.Thank you in advance! 

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