Following three works of non-fiction, Olivia Laing’s Crudo is an intimate, funny novel, which was written in real time during the tumultuous summer of 2017. Kathy – who may or may not be countercultural icon Kathy Acker – has just tuned forty and is assessing her life choices while trying to enjoy her honeymoon, in spite of an impending sense of apocalypse. Olivia Laing’s previous books, The Trip to Echo Spring and The Lonely City, were shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize in 2014 and 2016.
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 15 languages. In 2018 she was awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize. She lives in London.