Olivia Laing is a writer and critic with a particular interest in art, politics, sexuality and cities. She's the author of three books.
To the River (2011) is the story of a midsummer journey down the river Virginia Woolf drowned in. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year.
The Trip to Echo Spring (2013) explores the liquid links between writers and alcohol. It was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize.
The Lonely City (2016) is an investigation into loneliness by way of artists, including Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper and David Wojnarowicz.
Laing is a columnist for Frieze and writes for the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman and New York Times. She's a Yaddo and MacDowell Fellow and was 2014 Eccles Writer in Residence at the British Library.
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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, 2016, Canongate
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, 2013, Canongate
To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface, 2011, Canongate