Scottish lesbian author Ali Smith has been included in the longlist for this year’s Man Booker prize, which was announced today. Her novel, How to be Both, tells two intertwined stories of love and injustice and is among 13 books competing for literature’s most celebrated prize.
The 52 year old author, who spent her youth in Inverness and Aberdeen but now lives in Cambridge, has written five previous novels and is also known for her journalism. Her third novel, The Accidental, made it onto the Man Booker shortlist and went on to win the Whitbread Novel Of The Year award. She has also published two plays and two collections of her non-fiction work.