Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1958. He was educated at the local Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Geoff lives in London.
He is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and, most recently, 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 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. 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.
His most recent book is Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker (published in the UK and the US in Spring 2012).
Geoff Dyer was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2005.
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