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Crudo (Paperback)

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Shortlisted for the Goldsmith's Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize and the James Tait Black Award.


Dive in to a tale of love and loathing with the beach read of the summer.


Kathy is a writer. Kathy is getting married. It's the summer of 2017 and the whole world is falling apart.


From a Tuscan hotel for the super-rich to a Brexit-paralysed UK, Kathy spends the first summer of her forties trying to adjust to making a lifelong commitment just as Trump is tweeting the world into nuclear war. But it's not only Kathy who's changing. Political, social and natural landscapes are all in peril. Fascism is on the rise, truth is dead, the planet is hotting up. Is it really worth learning to love when the end of the world is nigh? And how do you make art, let alone a life, when one rogue tweet could end it all.


Olivia Laing radically rewires the novel in a brilliant, funny and emphatically raw account of love in the apocalypse. A Goodbye to Berlin for the 21st century, Crudo charts in real time what it was like to live and love in the horrifying summer of 2017, from the perspective of a commitment-phobic artist who may or may not be Kathy Acker . . .



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 23/04/2019 ISBN-13: 9781509892846  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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.

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It's 2017. Kathy Acker, or maybe not Kathy Acker, is about to get married, Trump is tweeting maniacally and the world is swinging between political suicides and Brexit bashing headlines. But it's Kathy we care about. In Olivia Laing’s first novel we are treated to a real time exploration of love and life in 2017. Scorching with flair, wit and an impeccable turn of phrase Crudo is the spilling out of thoughts, reseversations and truths in all its artful and beautiful glory. Revel inside this unquiet mind, soaking up the persona of Kathy, and the life she is trying to live as the world rushes in on her, and all of us. In her first work of fiction, Olivia Laing really has taken everyone else to school with this brilliantly constructed and radiant work.

Matt, Web Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 20/09/2019

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