Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and, most recently, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room; and five genre-defying titles: But Beautiful, The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, and The Ongoing Moment.
His book, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition – a selection of essays from Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room – was awarded the 2011 National Book Critics Circle award for Criticism. He also wrote Zona (about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker), Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy (about the film Where Eagles Dare) and a collection of essays about photography titled See/Saw: Looking at Photographs 2010–2020. He also edited The Bad Side of Books: Selected Essays of D.H. Lawrence which was published in the UK as Life with a Capital L. His most recent book is The Last Days of Roger Federer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 3, 2022 / Canongate June 2022). Dyer describes it as “…a book about careers and working lives coming to an end, and the way that these ends sometimes come not late but very early in the day.”
In 2015 Dyer was awarded a Windham Cambell Prize for non-fiction and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science. He lives in Los Angeles where he is Writer in Residence at USC.
Yale Review: The essayist on not having a career (2022)
Washington Post: ‘The Last Days of Roger Federer’ is about so much more than tennis (2022)
Los Angeles Times: Review: What Roger Federer tells us about mortality, according to Geoff Dyer (2022)
Guardian: Geoff Dyer: ‘I am what you might describe as chippy’ (2021)
Guardian: See/Saw: Looking at Photographs by Geoff Dyer review – how to really read a picture (2021)
New Yorker: The Existential Inconvenience of Coronavirus (2020)
Vanity Fair: What D. H. Lawrence Left Behind (2019)
Post Magazine: Geoff Dyer on China’s can-do spirit (2018)
New York Times: Geoff Dyer Asks Why We Visit the Places We Do (2016)
New York Magazine/Vulture: Kathryn Schulz on the Harmonious Contradictions of Geoff Dyer (2014)
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