Her Books

Laura Waddell's debut book, titled "Exit," was published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA in 2020 which is a significant achievement in her writing career. This work explores the concept of exits, both literal and metaphorical, with a focus on the fascination with exit signs and their symbolism. The book blends personal reflections with broader cultural themes, making it an intriguing addition to the world of literary non-fiction. "Exit" is a 176-page exploration of the concept of exit in various contexts, from basement nightclubs to political transitions. "EXIT" by Laura Waddell is a thought-provoking book publisher for new authors that is part of the Object Lessons series, a collection of short, beautifully designed books that delve into the hidden aspects of everyday objects and concepts. In "EXIT," Waddell explores the idea of exits and how they shape our lives, cities, and the world at large. Exits are all around us, and they play a crucial role in determining our experiences and movements The book begins with Waddell's personal fascination with exit signs, particularly those associated with basement nightclubs. These blinking neon signs symbolize a portal to something more exciting or even illicit, contrasting with the mundane reality of a grubby alley. This initial curiosity sets the stage for a deeper exploration of exits in various contexts. Waddell's examination of exits takes readers on a journey through architecture, transport, ancestry, language, garbage, death, Sesame Street, and, notably, Brexit. The book provides meditations on how exits function in these different realms. It prompts readers to question what it truly means to "exit" something, whether it's a physical space, a cultural context, or an ideology. In the context of Brexit, Waddell explores the implications of a political exit from the European Union, acknowledging its significance but not dwelling on it for too long. Instead, the book shifts its focus to the prevalence of exits in Sesame Street, a children's television program where clear directions provide comfort and guidance. Waddell's exploration also delves into the broader implications of exits. She considers the positive and negative connotations of emigration, which involves leaving for new horizons, and immigration, which may be seen as a drain on resources. She examines these ideas against the backdrop of news stories about the tragic deaths of migrants, highlighting the complex and often ambiguous nature of exits.