Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing is a British writer, novelist and cultural critic. She has worked as a Deputy Books Editor for the Observer, and regularly contributes to the Guardian, the New Statesman and frieze, writing on art and culture.

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Through the work of iconic figures such as Sigmund Freud, Andrea Dworkin and Malcolm X, the author of The Lonely City and Funny Weather delivers both an exultant celebration and trenchant critique of bodily freedom and the body’s connection to human rights.

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Non-fiction by Olivia Laing

To the River
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The Trip to Echo Spring
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Funny Weather
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Everybody
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Novels by Olivia Laing

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Laing has published three non-fiction books, all blending cultural criticism with biography, psychoanalysis and travel writing: To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface (2011), The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking (2013) and The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (2016). In 2018 she was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction. Her first novel Crudo came out in 2018, earning her wide critical acclaim and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2019.

Laing’s most recent book Funny Weather: Art in Emergency — a stunning collection of essays on art, politics and the effects of both in our emotional lives — is published in April 2020.