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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.
Exits are all around but rarely remarked upon. Every day, exit signs mark the difference between travelling and arriving at a destination and ever-present emergency routes out. Exits are at the core of contemporary cultural and political discussions (Brexit, independence referenda, polls), as well as personal liberations. But instead of a way out, do exits ever serve to constrict our choices?
To exit is to cross a boundary, swapping one reality for another, taking the option of being either in or out, here or there. Part investigation into what it really means to 'exit' and part city travelogue, Laura Waddell's Exit goes beyond the door to see what's on the other side.
Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.
"Exit is a quite wondrous piece of writing, cleverly and movingly encouraging us to think of the ordinary in new and challenging ways. As it happens, I read this brilliant book while pondering what an ‘exit’ from the coronavirus lockdown might look like, and the reminder that exits often lead to new and better beginnings was a welcome inspiration indeed."
- Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
“Roaming from Glasgow to Kowloon Walled City, Laura Waddell's Exit is deft, compelling and deep; revealing the extent to which the political is always personal. There are no simple escapes in these studies of exclusion, entrapment and exile yet Waddell proves in the persuasive empathy and acuity of her writing that it is possible to throw open our windows to light and sound from outside, elsewhere, one another.”
- Darran Anderson, author of Imaginary Cities and Inventory