Olivia Laing is one of our most interesting and empathetic writers. Her books are astonishing in their scope, their intellectual rigour and their compassionate attention. Everybody is a book about freedom. It is an ambitious investigation into the body and its discontents, using the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to chart a daring course through the long struggle for bodily freedom, from gay rights and sexual liberation to feminism and the civil rights movement.
Drawing on her own experiences in protest and travelling from Weimar Berlin to the prisons of McCarthy-era America, Laing grapples with some of the most significant and complicated figures of the past century, among them Nina Simone, Susan Sontag and Malcolm X.
Olivia Laing will be in conversation with Dr Hannah Dawson, senior lecturer at King’s College London on the History of Political Thought and editor of The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing – a global anthology of feminist writers that presents feminist texts from the 15th century to the present day.
Please do join us for this dazzling talk celebrating how ordinary bodies can resist oppression and reshape the world.