Alexandra Mathew reviews 'Lonely City: Adventures in the art of being alone' by Olivia Laing

Alexandra Mathew reviews 'Lonely City: Adventures in the art of being alone' by Olivia Laing

Lonely City: Adventures in the art of being alone

by Olivia Laing

Canongate $34.99 hb, 336 pp, 9781782111238

Alexandra Mathew

Alexandra Mathew

Alexandra Mathew is a bookseller at Readings, and a classical singer. Her book, CD, and live music reviews have been published in

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In her mid-thirties, British writer and critic Olivia Laing moved to New York City to live with her partner. When the relationship ended, Laing found herself alone amidst the bustle of New York: 'loneliness, I began to realize, was a populated place: a city in itself'.

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