Ali Smith’s highly original literary double-take is a fast-moving, genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions.
Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique, How to Be Both is a novel all about art’s versatility. 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, structure gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life’s givens get given a second chance.