To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface - Olivia Laing


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Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing's odyssey along the banks of the River Ouse, from source to sea; a profound and haunting reflection on history and landscape, and our place within them.

Over sixty years after Virginia Woolf drowned in the River Ouse, Olivia Laing sets out to walk its banks, from the source all the way to the sea. As she walks, she reflects upon the power of rivers, refracting mythology, science, social history and literature through their waters too shed light on their eternal violence and mystery.

Lyrical and stirring, To the River is a meditation on landscape and our place within it - and how ghosts never really leave the places they love.

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