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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone Paperback – 2 Mar 2017

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781782111252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782111252
  • ASIN: 1782111255
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Triumphant . . . a brave writer whose books open up fundamental questions about life and art" (Telegraph)

"Wonderfully freewheeling . . . constantly surprising . . . inspired" (Guardian)

"Luminously wise and deeply compassionate . . . a fierce and essential work" (HELEN MACDONALD, author of H is for Hawk)

"Unusually brave . . . Sublime" (The Times)

"A new kind of literature . . . Endlessly, compulsively fascinating" (New Statesman)

"Laing cuts close to the bone of a universal yet often unrelatable state" (Financial Times)

""One of the finest writers of the new non-fiction . . . Compelling and original" (Harpers Bazaar)

"The Lonely City is continually unexpected, stimulating and beautifully structured. I am in awe of Olivia Laing's insights, braininess and that something that feels like recklessness until it lands" (PETER CAREY)

"A remarkable combination of personal mediation and psychological and artistic inquiry, The Lonely City is always superbly written, fascinating and often sharply moving. Ultimately the book has a paradoxical effect: at the same time as it makes one aware of one's own inescapable solitude, it leaves one feeling less alone" (ADAM FOULDS, author of The Quickening Maze)

"The Lonely City is a stunning homage to how extreme loneliness can make us more hospitable to the strangeness of others - to the risks and innovations of art and artists. Laing has written a classic that will be cherished for years to come" (DEBORAH LEVY, author of Swimming Home)

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A dazzling investigation into loneliness, art and the modern city - 'A fierce and essential work' Helen Macdonald.

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