Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic, with a particular interest in art, culture and sexuality. She writes for many publications, including the Guardian and New Statesman, and is a columnist for Frieze.


In 2014 Laing received the Eccles British Library Writer Award and in 2018 she was awarded the Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction.


Crudo (2018) is a real-time novel about the summer of 2017, Trump and Brexit, love and anxiety. Eileen Myles called it ‘ridiculously great’. It's a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and is shortlisted for the Gordon Burn and Goldsmiths prizes.


The Lonely City (2016) is an investigation into loneliness by way of several iconic artists, including Warhol, Hopper and David Wojnarowicz. It was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and has been translated into 15 languages.


The Trip to Echo Spring (2013) explores the liquid links between writers and alcohol. Hilary Mantel described it as ‘one of the best books I've read on the creative uses of adversity’. It was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize.


To the River (2011) is the story of a midsummer journey down the river Virginia Woolf drowned in. It was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year.


Literary agents: Janklow & Nesbit

Dramatic rights: United Agents


British Council profile

Picture credit: Suki Dhanda

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