Olivia Laing and Viv Albertine in conversation

Thursday 28th June 18:30 at London - Piccadilly

Olivia Laing and Viv Albertine will be joining us in store to discuss their latest works, dysfunctionality in love and intimacy, the meeting of politics and aesthetics, and the malleability of form. What does it mean to balance reality and invention? And what does this mean for the novel and the memoir?

Olivia Laing is a writer and critic, who regularly contributes to frieze, the Guardian and New Statesman, amongst a variety of other publications. She is the author of To the River, The Trip to Echo Spring, and, most recently, The Lonely City: a “wonderfully freewheeling” investigation into loneliness by way of several iconic artists. Crudo is her first novel, and is already attracted extraordinary praise: “witty, effervescent, and deliciously derailing,” her debut work of fiction “holds a mirror up to our troubled times.”

“Readable, shockingly new, and surprisingly tender. I didn’t want it to stop.” – Chris Kraus

Viv Albertine was the guitarist in the hugely influential band The Slits, and a key player in British punk culture. Alongside the Slits, she was a confidante of the Sex Pistols and the Clash, collaborated with numerous musicians, and has since released solo material (The Vermillion Border) and carved out a career in television and film production. Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys., her first memoir, was released to critical acclaim: it was a book of the year for Rough Trade, the Sunday Times and Mojo. To Throw Away Unopened is her second memoir. “Fierce, direct, unashamed,” it is a fearless dissection of one woman’s obsession with the truth that further establishes Viv as one of our finest authors working today.

“A chronicle of outsiderness… Searingly honest… A painstaking and painful dissection of familial fallout.” – The Observer


Lucy Scholes will be chairing this event. Lucy is a freelance critic. She writes for the Financial Times, BBC Culture, the New York Times Book Review, Literary Hub, NYR Daily, and Granta amongst others. She also hosts the monthly feminist book group Bitch Lit at Waterstones Gower Street.


Please join us for what promises to be a fantastic evening of discussion.

London - Piccadilly Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Thursday 28th June 18:30

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