How to be both is the dazzling new novel by Ali Smith. It is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. 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.
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"John Banks's acting background is evident in his expressive performance of this experimental novel, which questions the division of accepted opposites, such as male/female, life/death, and past/present. Although either of the two parts of the story can be listened to first, the audiobook opens with George/Georgia, a teenager in modern England, and ends with Francesco/Francesca, a real artist from fifteenth-century Italy. The protagonists, despite being separated in time, are linked in unexpected ways, through memory, art, and experience. Banks's relaxed performance flows easily from narrative to stream of consciousness to dialogue, giving listeners the space to form connections between the characters and to take in the rather profound meanings of the stories. Unfortunately, without a time cue for Part Two, listeners cannot choose their approach to the novel, as the author intends for the print version. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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