Author of the Month: Olivia Laing

Our Author of the Month for July is Olivia Laing. Born in 1977, Laing is the author of three works of non-fiction and one novel. Her first book To the River recounts a journey along the River Ouse in Sussex, from source to sea. In part a meditation on history and landscape, in part a reflection on the life, work and death of Virginia Woolf, it was described by Robert Macfarlane as ‘a gentle, wise and riddling book.’ Her second, The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking was praised by Hilary Mantel as ‘one of the best books I’ve read about the creative uses of adversity.’ It was followed by The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, ‘a stunning homage to how extreme loneliness can make us more hospitable to the strangeness of others’ (Deborah Levy). Newly published is her first novel Crudo, an idiosyncratic mixture of fiction and autobiography that is also a tribute to the continuing legacy and importance of the writer and artist Kathy Acker. Read more about all these books here, and come and meet them in person at the shop throughout July.