How to be both is the dazzling, award-winning novel by Ali Smith
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.
‘Brims with palpable joy’ 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 a writer of novels, short stories, plays, and criticism Her latest novel, HOW TO BE BOTH, was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the Folio Prize and won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award. Her story collection, PUBLIC LIBRARY AND OTHER STORIES, was published last November, and her new novel AUTUMN will be published by Penguin Hamish Hamilton in October 2016.