How to be both by Ali Smith

Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith’s novels are like nothing else. A true original, she is a one-of-a-kind literary sensation. Her novels consistently attract serious acclaim and discussion—and have won her a dedicated readership who are drawn again and again to the warmth, humanity and humor of her voice. 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. A NOTE TO THE READER: Who says stories reach everybody in the same order? This novel can be read in two ways, and the eBook provides you with both. You can choose which way to read the novel by simply clicking on one of two icons—CAMERA or EYES. The text is exactly the same in both versions; the narratives are just in a different order. The ebook is produced this way so that readers can randomly have different experiences reading the same text. So, depending on which icon you select, the book will read: EYES, CAMERA, or CAMERA, EYES. (Your friend may be reading it the other way around.) Enjoy the adventure. (Having both versions in the same file is intentional.)

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The 623rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 7th on A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon (Vulture)
  2. - 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)
  3. - Costa Book Award - Best Novel (Costa Coffee)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
How to Be Both Audible Audiobook 88381 $24.81 2021
How to Be Both: A Novel Audible Audiobook 43551 $20.95 2015
How to be both: A novel Hardcover 139074 $7.98 $2.01 2014
How to be both: A novel Kindle Edition 240443 2014
How to be Both Paperback 1199474 $8.52 $2.45 2015
How to be Both Audio CD 5282754 $27.68 $3.07
How to Be Both Paperback 1730806 $13.37 $2.87
How to be both: A novel Paperback 191875 $8.30 $2.47 2015