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Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. Her work appears in numerous publications, ... Read More

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Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. Her work appears in numerous publications, including the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman, Frieze and New York Times. She's a Yaddo and MacDowell Fellow and was 2014 Eccles Writer in Residence at the British Library. Her first book, To the River, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. The Trip to Echo Spring was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Award and the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize. Her third book, The Lonely City, was shortlisted for the 2016 Gordon Burn Prize. She lives in Cambridge.

Why were so many authors of the greatest works of literature consumed by alcoholism? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing takes a journey across America, examining the links between creativity and drink in the overlapping work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

From Hemingway's Key West to Williams's New Orleans, Laing pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, and strips away the tangle of mythology to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

A captivating exploration of alcoholism and literature by the author of The Lonely City; 'beguiling, beautifully written . . . brilliant and original' - Sunday TimesOne of the best books I've read about the creative uses of adversity: frightening but perversely inspiringA work of art, with a voice and a mood all its own.Original, brave and very moving . . . Her insights shine with beauty yet are shaded by sympathy and compassionA terrific writerFull of insight, compassion and unexpected beautyHaunting . . . a moving, troubling, gorgeously written bookBeguiling, beautifully written . . . brilliant and originalBeguiling and incisiveLaing's prose is lucid and exuberantLaing is a brilliant wordsmith and this is a beautifully accomplished book

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Title: TheTrip to Echo Spring
Author: Olivia Laing
SKU: BK0467696
EAN: 9781786891600
Language: English

About Author

Olivia Laing is the author of four acclaimed works of non-fiction, To the River (2011), The Trip to Echo Spring (2013), The Lonely City (2016) and Everybody (2021). Her first novel, Crudo, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and won the 2019 James Tait Memorial Prize. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2018 was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction. Her work has been translated into 19 languages.

Laing writes on art and culture for many publications, including the Guardian, Financial Times and New York Times. Her collected writing on art, Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency, was published in 2020. She lives in Suffolk.

Instagram: @olivialanguage |

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