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Ntegrated original compassionate MICHELE ROBERTS Independent br br A gifted critic and biographera fascinating eerie piece of writing Sunday Times br br Smart and oddly consolingLaing makes the topic her own New York Times Book Review br br Considered authoritative evocative empathetic and full of insightTo join Laing in that atmosphere is to enter a world that is at once dark and lambent and in which loneliness features not just as an eternal fall but as one of the treasures of what it is to be fully briefly human MATTHEW ADAMS The National br br Blisteringly preciseHer gift as a critic is her ability to imaginatively sympathize with her subjects in a way that allows the art and life of the artist to go on radiating meaning after the book is closed Elle br br An uncommonly observant hybrid of memoir history and cultural criticisma book of extraordinary compassion and insight San Francisco Chronicle br br Remarkablea memoir an essay and a group biography all in one which takes a difficult almost taboo subject and deftly turns it over anew Evening Standard br br A devastating and intimate examination of urban loneliness With a uniue voice and painstaking research Laing explores the dark side of our cities as well as the redemptive power of communities GAVIN FRANCIS author of Adventures in Human Being br br Accessible bright and endlessly thought provokinga commentator of exceptional heart and voice Irish Independent br br Magicalreminding u

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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

S of how it feels to be lonely this book gently affirms our EconomistIntensely involving and affectingLaing s superb study extends far beyond art criticism The Lady The LadyPart memoir part treatise on art and geography Olivia Laing s book looks at loneliness and how public spaces and especially art can cure or calm this very modern condition Red RedFinalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism Book of the Year from Brain PickingsNamed a best book of the year by NPR Newsweek Slate Pop Sugar Marie Claire Elle Publishers Weekly and Lit HubA dazzling work of biography memoir and cultural criticism on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of iconic artists by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo SpringWhen Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her midthirties she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis Increasingly fascinated by the most shameful of experiences she began to explore the lonely city by way of art Moving from Edward Hoppers Nighthawks to Andy Warhols Time Capsules from Henry Dargers hoarding to David Wojnarowiczs AIDS activism Laing conducts an electric dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemedHumane provocative and movingThe Lonely City is a celebration of a strange and lovely state adrift from the larger continent of human experience but intrinsic to the very act of being aliv

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Triumphanta brave writer whose books open up fundamental uestions about life and art Telegraph br br Luminously wise and deeply compassionatea fierce and essential work HELEN MACDONALD author of H is for Hawk br br Unusually braveSublime The Times br br Wonderfully freewheelingconstantly surprisinginspired Guardian br br A new kind of literatureEndlessly compulsively fascinating New Statesman br br Laing cuts close to the bone of a universal yet often unrelatable state Financial Times br br One of the finest writers of the new non fictionCompelling and original Harpers Bazaar br br The Lonely City is continually unexpected stimulating and beautifully structured I am in awe of Olivia Laing s insights braininess and that something that feels like recklessness until it lands PETER CAREY br br A remarkable combination of personal mediation and psychological and artistic inuiry The Lonely City is always superbly written fascinating and often sharply moving Ultimately the book has a paradoxical effect at the same time as it makes one aware of one s own inescapable solitude it leaves one feeling less alone ADAM FOULDS author of The uickening Maze br br The Lonely City is a stunning homage to how extreme loneliness can make ushospitable to the strangeness of others to the risks and innovations of art and artists Laing has written a classic that will be cherished for years to come DEBORAH LEVY author of Swimming Home br br Exhilaratingbeautifully i