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Ali Smith on How to Be Both

Mariella Frostrup talks to Ali Smith, who has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize for the third time for How to Be Both. Plus Stella Duffy, Kamila Shamsie and an insider tip.

Ali Smith has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize for the third time this year for her novel How To Be Both. It's a book of two halves - set in the present day and the fifteenth century - united by themes of art, love and loss.

Stella Duffy has just published an anthology of her short stories. She talks about looking back over twenty years of writing life and reveals what a short story can do that the novel can't.

Novelist Kamila Shamsie on the book she'd never lend, her childhood copy of a much loved children's classic and a publisher gives us an insider's tip about an exciting new title.

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How to to Both by Ali Smith Published by Penguin

Everything is Moving, Everything is Joined, The Selected Stories of Stella Duffy Published by Salt

The Sermon on the Fall of Rome by Jerome Ferrari, translated by Goeffrey Strachan Published by MacLehouse Press

A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie Published by Bloomsbury

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Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Ali Smith
Interviewed Guest Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest Kamila Shamsie
Producer Nicola Holloway

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