To the River by Olivia Laing audiobook

To the River: A Journey beneath the Surface

By Olivia Laing
Read by Kate Reading

Blackstone Publishing 9781847677921
8.49 Hours Unabridged
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Over sixty years after Virginia Woolf drowned in the River Ouse, Olivia Laing set out one midsummer morning to walk its banks, from source to sea. Along the way, she explores the roles that rivers play in human lives, tracing their intricate flow through literature, mythology, and folklore. Lyrical and stirring, To the River is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape—and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love.

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Summary

Summary

Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year

An RSL Ondaatje Prize Shortlist selection

Over sixty years after Virginia Woolf drowned in the River Ouse, Olivia Laing set out one midsummer morning to walk its banks, from source to sea. Along the way, she explores the roles that rivers play in human lives, tracing their intricate flow through literature, mythology, and folklore.

Lyrical and stirring, To the River is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape—and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Olivia Laing joins the best nature writers…Laing is a brilliant wordsmith and this is a beautifully accomplished book.” Independent (London)
“A beautifully written meditation on landscape.” Sunday Times (London)
“By turns lyrical, melancholic and exultant, To the River just makes you want to follow Olivia Laing all the way to the sea.” Daily Telegraph (London)
“Laing’s language is supple and saturated, bright and dappled in this gracefully meandering river of words and deeply pleasurable journey across Woolf’s tidal world and the many-storied English countryside.” Booklist
“Listeners will enjoy hearing Kate Reading’s crisply pleasant voice as they imagine themselves in author Olivia Laing’s shoes as she walks the length of the Ouse River in Sussex, England…The comfortable pacing of Reading’s narration reflects the tone of Laing’s musings on the river’s power and presence across the centuries…The solitude of this meditative journey is occasionally interrupted by locals, whose accents and vibrancy are deftly portrayed by Reading.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Olivia Laing

Author Bio: Olivia Laing

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.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 8.49
Audience: Adult
Language: English