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How to be Both

Smith, Ali
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published: May 7, 2015
ISBN: 9780141025209
384 pages

£8.99

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

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