Books: An elegant and brilliant study of urban loneliness and the healing powers of art

Non­fiction: The Lonely City, Olivia Laing, Canongate, hdbk, 336 pages, €21.99

Author Olivia Laing.

Hilary A White

Loneliness may seem like the lot of modern-day urbanised lifestyles, where people exist through bandwidths and answer work emails long after they've clocked off. The truth is that it is a reality of human existence, and all sorts of things may provide relief - a relationship, a pet, a subscription to a club or society.