How to Be Both

  • by Ali Smith
  • Narrated by John Banks
  • 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014Costa Novel Award Winner 2014
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, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real - and all life's givens get given a second chance.


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This book did not meet my expectations. It's the first I've read by Ali Smith and was highly recommended, but I was very disappointed. I found the schoolgirl Georgia tedious and of very little interest and all the stuff about present tense and past tense and the death of her mother just annoying. The things presented as insightful - the girl on the porn video - were trite.

The Francesco part of the story was worse. All the gender-bending stuff was pointless.

I thought the whole thing was a waste of time and I was glad when it finished.
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- Robin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks