The Trip to Echo Spring

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AUTHOR: Olivia Laing
PUBLISHED: 11th July 2013
ISBN: 9780857868893

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Award.

Why were so many authors of the greatest works of literature consumed by alcoholism? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing takes a journey across America, examining the links between creativity and drink in the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver. Beautiful, captivating and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.
'Olivia Laing's writing is beautifully modulated, her tone knowledgeable yet intimate. She can evoke a state of mind as gracefully as she evokes a landscape. <i>The Trip to Echo Spring </i>is a book for all writers or would-be writers. It's one of the best books I've read about the creative uses of adversity: frightening but perversely inspiring', HILARY MANTEL
'<i>The Trip to Echo Spring</i> is original, brave and very moving. Laing's way of looking at a natural world that is free from human faults repeatedly prompts something like the "spiritual awakening" AA attendees hope for. Her insights shine with beauty yet are shaded by sympathy and compassion', Observer
'Laing's analysis of the complex addiction is consistently shrewd. But what makes <i>The Trip to Echo Spring </i>truly worthwhile is that she, like those she writes about, is a terrific writer', John Sutherland, The Times
'I loved <i>The Trip to Echo Spring</i>. It's a beautiful book that has stayed with me in a profound way', NICK CAVE
'Beguiling and incisive', New York Times

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