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Author: Olivia Laing Narrator: Sophie Aldred Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2020 ISBN: 9781684579402
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"One of the finest writers of the new non-fiction" (Harper's Bazaar) explores the role of art in the tumultuous twenty-first century.

In the age of Trump and Brexit, every crisis is instantly overridden by the next. The turbulent political weather of the twenty-first century generates anxiety and makes it difficult to know how to react. Olivia Laing makes a brilliant, inspiring case for why art matters more than ever, as a force of both resistance and repair. Art, she argues, changes how we see the world. It gives us X-ray vision. It reveals inequalities and offers fertile new ways of living.

Funny Weather brings together a career's worth of Laing's writing about art and culture, and their role in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O'Keeffe, interviews Hilary Mantel and Ali Smith, writes love letters to David Bowie and Wolfgang Tillmans, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. With characteristic originality and compassion, Funny Weather celebrates art as an antidote to a terrifying political moment. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

Olivia Laing is a widely acclaimed writer and critic. Her first book, To the River, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. The Trip to Echo Spring was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize and The Lonely City won the Eccles British Library Writers Award and has been translated into fifteen languages. Her latest book is Crudo, a real-time novel about the turbulent summer of 2017. It was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In 2018, she was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for nonfiction. She lives in London.

About the Narrator

Sophie Aldred is an English actress and television presenter best known for her role as Ace in the popular BBC television series Doctor Who during the late 1980s.