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Biography

Welcome to Geoff Dyer’s official website.

Geoff is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room; and six 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, The Ongoing Moment and Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker.

A collection of essays from the last twenty years entitled Otherwise Known as the Human Condition was published in the US in April 2011 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

His most recent book Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H W Bush was published in May 2014 (US: Pantheon, UK: Visual Editions). A new book, White Sands, will be published in May 2016 (Pantheon, US; Canongate, UK).

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Biography

Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1958. He was educated at the local Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is currently living in Los Angeles where he is Writer in Residence at USC.

He is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; a critical study of John Berger, Ways of Telling; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room; and six 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, The Ongoing Moment and Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker. He is the editor of John Berger: Selected Essays and co-editor, with Margaret Sartor, of What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney.

A selection of essays from Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room entitled Otherwise Known as the Human Condition was published in the US in April 2011 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

In the fall semester of 2012 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, in the fall semester of 2013 he was a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, and in the Spring semester of 2015 he was a Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas in Austin.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and in 2015 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His most recent book Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H W Bush was published in May 2014 (US: Pantheon, UK: Visual Editions).

A new book, White Sands, will be published in May 2016 (Pantheon, US; Canongate, UK).

 

Awards

But Beautiful winner of the 1992 Somerset Maugham Prize and shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize
Out of Sheer Rage finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, US
Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It winner of the 2004 W H Smith Best Travel Book Award
The Ongoing Moment winner of the ICP Infinity Award for Writing on Photography
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi winner of the 2009 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Best Comic Novel
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism

Lannan Literary Fellowship, 2003
Winner of the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2006
GQ Writer of the Year Award, 2009
Windham Campbell Prize in Non-Fiction, 2015

Books

From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded, but elegant, witty, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves.

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Forewords & Afterwords

Geoff Dyer introduces this survey of Jacob Holdt’s photographs of America in the 1970s.

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As Editor

When William Gedney died in 1989 at the age of 56 he was little known except to a few colleagues and curators. This book, co-edited by Geoff Dyer, reveals Gedney’s remarkable photographs as well as writings by him.

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