Ali Smith
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Meet the Author: Ali Smith

The Costa Book of the Year Award, worth £30,000 to the winning author, will be presented next week.

One of the UK's oldest and richest literary prizes, it has been going since 1971.

There are five categories; best novel, first novel, children's book, poetry book and biography of the year.

Ali Smith, whose book 'How to be both' borrows from the techniques of fresco painting - focuses on the lives of a grieving teenage girl in the present day and a renaissance artist in the 1460s.

Nick Higham takes a look at the book, which won the best novel award.

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  • 23 Jan 2015