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Golden Hare Books presents Crudo by Olivia Laing

July 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

£5 – £14.99

Olivia Laing, award-winning author of non-fiction titles such as The Lonely City, Echo Spring and To The River joins us for a discussion of her first novel, Crudo, a tour-de-force that reflects on the turbulent events of 2017, and challenges ideas about what fiction can do, what characters are, and how we live now. An evening not to be missed – so join us for a glass of wine and a chat with one of the UK’s foremost writers.



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


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 twenty-first 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 peripatetic artist who may or may not be Kathy Acker.


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 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 and 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 is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. She was born in 1977 and lives in London. She writes for the GuardianNew StatesmanObserver and New York Times among other publications. She’s a regular columnist for Frieze.

Her first book, To the River, was published by Canongate in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. The Trip to Echo Spring, about writers and alcoholism, was published by Canongate in 2013. It was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize. Her most recent book, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, is an investigation into loneliness by way of art. It was published by Canongate in 2016, and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

She’s a MacDowell and Yaddo Fellow. Awards include the 2014 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award and the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize in non-fiction.


July 5
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
£5 – £14.99
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