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Ali Smith’s How to be Both: warm, funny, subtle, intelligent – and baffling

You may have to read this fictional account of a 15th-century painter at least one-and-a-half times to understand it, but it's worth it

Triumph of Apollo and Sign of Gemini, ca 1470, by Francesco del Cossa Photo: Getty

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