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- Short-listed for The Gordon Burn Prize 2018 (UK); Short-listed for The Goldsmiths Prize 2018 (UK)
- 199 x 133 x 11 mm
- 142 g
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I absolutely love it. It made me feel carefree. I think Olivia Laing captures a sense of intimacy that is rare. Just so thoroughly enjoyable. -- Nell Dunn The pacing is quick and slick... In there with the dexterousness and sagacity of the sentences are warmth and love, humour and kindness... Sane and searing -- June Caldwell * Irish Times * Olivia Laing, known for her chronicles of urban loneliness and writers' attraction to drink as well as critical writing on art and literature, jumps genres with her first novel, Crudo. It's a spitfire of a story with a fervent narrator and a twist: The book is written in the voice of punk feminist author Kathy Acker performed in mash-up with Laing's own, as she considers marriage (with equivocation) and the absurdity of current events circa 2017. * The Millions * Crudo by Olivia Laing is a hot and heavy look at post-Brexit Britain through the eyes of newlywed Kathy as she summers in Italy. It's Olivia Laing's fiction debut and is very much a self-assured interrogation of the times we live in. -- Nikesh Shukla * Guardian, Best summer books 2018 * I don't think I'll ever forget the day I spent reading Olivia Laing's Crudo. I couldn't put it down, and then it overwhelmed me so much I had to put it down, and then I had to pick it back up again. A beautiful, strange, intelligent novel. -- Sally Rooney * Guardian, Best summer books 2018 * Laing's first novel is a funny and compassionate response to a frightening year of fire, floods, fascism and Trump's Twitter feed. * Tatler * So, who is Kathy? Kathy has serious FOMO, she is genderqueer, Kathy is not the Underground Man; she is the Underground They. She has lost her corporeality; she is having an identity crisis. Kathy is numb. Kathy is full of angst. Kathy is ill. Kathy is the 21st century. * Review 31 * Perfectly captures our social media madness . . . It's also a book of really funny lines . . . I particularly enjoyed her extended fantasy about Princess Diana prowling around Kensington Palace talking to Freddy Mercury on her landline. It's potty. I recommend taking a running jump at it. * Evening Standard * Crudo feels like a perfect response to the nasty, lovely days that we're living in and the contemporary smorgasbord of identities . . . The presence of Kathy Acker was brilliantly handled - I believed so completely, for the duration of the novel, that she had lived through last summer. I love how Laing throws these lines to the past - it feels unique to her writing. And it's weirdly reassuring. -- Sara Baume Chic, compassionate, crabby, perspicacious, and marvellously playful - Crudo is a huge-hearted novel that conveys the weight of the world with the lightest touch - I loved the mercurial energy that flew off its fast-turning pages. -- Claire-Louise Bennett, author of <i>Pond</i> Laing is a mesmerising critic and memoirist, a travel writer in that she connects the inner to the outer world. She is simply one of our most exciting writers, who has explored through her work loneliness, alcoholism and art in The Lonely City and The Trip to Echo Spring. Every tangent is a tributary for Laing that leads somewhere unexpected. She wanders both as insider and outsider, queer, curious, unsettled, erudite, wondering what it is to be an artist. * Observer * Crudo has all the beauty and music and clarity of Olivia Laing's non-fiction, but with something more too. Entrancing, charming, fascinating, I literally couldn't put it down. -- Jeremy Gavron Crudo has crept up on me. I have just finished it and I am filling up with tears and I am not sure why. It seemed to be speaking from deep within me and also at me, like a mirror that won't leave me alone, that insists I stare into it day after day, talking to me, to my gaze. What a special piece of work. And the rhythm is perfect. -- Lara Pawson Sharp, witty, compassionate and totally engaging. Crudo is a brilliant novel. -- Patrick McGrath It is an extraordinary novel of style and savagery: po
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Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. She writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and Frieze among many other publications. Her first book, To the River, was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. The Trip to Echo Spring was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Gordon Burn Prize. The Lonely City was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, and translated into fifteen languages. In 2018 she was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize. She lives in London.