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  • Everyone fails every day, but an architect's failure is inescapably visible, a public humiliation, even when it doesn't occasion loss of life . . . That the relationship between creator and creation can become so deleterious is a source of obsession for Charlotte Van den Broeck . . . Bold Ventures resembles a pop version of Iain Sinclair's psychogeography or Out of Sheer Rage, Geoff Dyer's anti-biography of DH Lawrence

    Olivia Laing, Guardian
  • Bold Ventures is a unique survey of artistic creation, and is full of memorable scenes and insights

    Will Wiles, Literary Review
  • What a sensible, intelligent and beautiful book

    Stefan Hertmans, author of War and Turpentine
  • A darkly comic meditation on the nature of creativity and the narrow margins between triumph and despair. Part memoir, part travelogue and part reflection, this unique and hugely engaging book takes a fresh look at the tragicomic condition of being human

    Carolyn Steel, author of Sitopia
  • While going on essayistic quests that take her around the globe, Van den Broeck traces stories of self-complacency, fear of failure and destiny. Indirectly, she researches the link between building and writing. Isn't every author bold by default, after all? In Bold Ventures she lives up to her ambition

    De Morgen

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