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How to be both - Ali Smith

How to be both - Ali Smith

Title: How to be both

Author:  Ali Smith

ISBN:  9780241145210

Weight:  745g

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How to be both by Ali Smith

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.

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful,
Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else.

Peer & Press Reviews

Ali Smith is a one-off.  Her imagination and originality make her one of the most exciting novelists of her generation and for such a profound book this is a remarkably easy and immensely enjoyable read.  Both George and Francesco touch the heart and their thoughts and ideas linger on in the mind long after the final page.

Daily Express

This warm, funny, subtle, layered, intelligent book deserves to be read at least one-and-a-half times

Honor Clerk, The Spectator

Smith can make anything happen, which is why she is one of our most exciting writers today.

Daily Telegraph

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: How to be both
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Very fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
Awards and prizes:

International Dublin Literary Award 2016 – longlist

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2015 – winner

Folio Prize 2015 – shortlist

Costa Novel Award 2014 – winner

National Book Awards 2014 – shortlist (Author of the Year)

Goldsmiths Prize 2014 – winner

Man Booker Prize 2014 – shortlist

Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780241145210
ISBN 10: 024114521X
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 372
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 142 x 35mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Sarah Wood
Jacket image (front): Photo of Sylvie Vartan and Françoise Hardy © Jean-Marie Périer / Photo 12
Jacket image (back): One of the Three Decans who Oversee the Month of March, Il Salone dei Mesi, 1470-99 (fresco), Cossa, Francesco del (1435/6-c.1477) / Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara, Italy / Alinari / Bridgeman Images

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