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Geoff’s new book White Sands is the BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week every day at 9.45 am from June 27 – July 1st. Don’t miss it! Find out more information here.


Geoff has written the Foreword to The Abundance by Annie Dillard.

“Writing introductions to books by writers one loves is the absolute highpoint of the reading-writing life. If you’d told me when I was twenty-three, when I first read Camera Lucida, that I’d one day end up between the covers with Roland Barthes I’d probably have fainted with happiness. I feel similarly overjoyed and honoured to have written the foreword to Annie Dillard’s The Abundance.”

Geoff has written the Afterword to Matt Stuart’s wonderful book of photographs, All That Life Can Afford.


Late in the day Geoff has come to his senses and changed the title of his forthcoming book from whatever it was called – “the title was so long even I couldn’t remember it” – to White Sands. It will be published by Pantheon in the US in May 2016 and by Canongate in the UK in June 2016.


Geoff starts his new appointment as Writer in Residence at USC, Los Angeles.


Geoff’s new book, Where Do We Come From, What Are We, Where Are We Going, has been acquired by Pantheon, US, and Canongate, UK, and will be published in May 2016.


Geoff has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Geoff has been awarded a 2015 Windham Campbell Literature Prize. Nine winners in three categories – nonfiction, drama and fiction – receive $150,000 each to support their work.

For the 2015 Spring semester Geoff is Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin.


The paperback of Another Great Day at Sea is published in the UK by Canongate and in the US by Vintage. At the same time Canongate complete their reissue of all of Geoff’s books in a uniform paperback edition with the publication of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, Out of Sheer Rage, and Working the Room.

The first Australian edition of Another Great Day at Sea will be published in March 2015 by Text.

Verso are reissuing Raymond Williams’ Politics and Letters with a new introduction by Geoff in March 2015. See Events.

Meghan Daum’s anthology Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids includes an essay by Geoff (published in March 2015 by Picador).

December News


New story, Forbidden City, in the December 2014 issue of Harper’s magazine.

Essay in An-My Lê’s Events Ashore (Aperture).

Conversation with Janet Malcolm on photography in the Winter 2014 issue (217) of Aperture.

Geoff Dyer interviewed by Jonathan Lethem in BOMB: The Author Interviews (Soho Press).

Preface to The First World War: Unseen Glass Plate Photographs of the Western Front (University of Chicago Press).

May News

Geoff has a new book out in the US and UK in May 2014: Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H W Bush (US: Pantheon, UK: Visual Editions; eBook: Canongate).Also in May Graywolf in the US will publish Geoff’s first two novels, The Colour of Memory and The Search – a mere 25 and 20 years, respectively, after they were first published in the UK. The waiting is nearly over!

See Events for readings and talks taking place in the UK and US in May and June around these publications.

Also see Events for a conference in July in London about Geoff Dyer’s work.

Geoff has been elected an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

March News

Geoff’s Diary piece, Why Can’t I See You?, is published in the London Review of Books.

February News

The full text of Geoff Dyer’s Paris Review interview is now available online.

December News

The Winter edition of The Paris Review has an interview with Geoff entitled The Art of Non-Fiction. Click here to find out more.

November News

Geoff is presenting a Culture Show Special about DH Lawrence on Saturday 23 November on BBC2 at 10.15pm. To mark the centenary of the publication of Lawrence’s novel Sons and Lovers, Geoff and scholar Catherine Brown retrace the Alpine journey that Lawrence made with his lover Frieda Weekley in 1912. It was this trip which enabled him to complete his first masterpiece and also marked the moment when he decided to risk everything for his writing. For more information click here.


Understanding a Photograph by John Berger, edited and with an introduction by Geoff Dyer, published by Aperture in the US and Penguin in the UK

Geoff has contributed a map, The Boy Out of Cheltenham, to Where You Are: A Book of Maps published by Visual Editions.

Interview with Nietzsche in the Dead Interviews edited by Dan Crowe (Granta)

October News


Essay on Dayanita Singh in the catalogue for her retrospective, Go Away Closer, at the Hayward Gallery, London

Contribution to the Lawrence Weschler symposium in McSweeney’s Quarterly number 44

Contribution to symposium on Revenge in the Threepenny Review

Foreword to Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World edited by Steven Hoelscher (Harry Ransom Center)

Essay in catalogue for the exhibition Arctic at the Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen

Past News

The Spanish translation of Zona will be published in June 2013 by Mondadori Spain.

The Brazilian edition of But Beautiful will be published in July 2013 by Companhia das Lettras.

The Portuguese transalation of Yoga for People who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It is out now, published Quetzal (May, 2013).

The Korean translation of But Beautiful will be published in South Korea in June 2013.

Geoff was guest director at the Telluride Film Festival (29 August – 3 September 2012).

Canongate have begun their programme of reissuing Geoff’s entire backlist (with the exception of Ways of Telling). Out of Sheer Rage is available as a Canon; Paris Trance, Yoga and But Beautiful were published in June 2012; The Missing of the Somme, The Ongoing Moment and a revised edition of The Colour of Memory were published in November.

Geoff won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism for Otherwise Known as the Human Condition announced in New York on 8 March 2012.

Geoff has guest edited the Documents section of the Spring / Summer 2012 edition of AnOther Magazine out now, with articles written by Fiona Banner, Anne Carson, David Markson and others, and art by Melinda Gibson.

Mark Kermode talks to Geoff about his new book Zona and Tarkovksy’s film Stalker on the BBC’s Culture Show on Friday 10 February 2012.

Geoff was interviewed by Bryan Appleyard for The Sunday Times in February 2012.

The New York Times‘ Dwight Garner has chosen Geoff Dyer’s Otherwise Known as the Human Condition as one of his Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2011. He says: “Mr. Dyer, a shape-shifting British writer, is among the best essayists on the planet, and this book includes some of his finest work. He casts an almost perversely wide net here. There are pieces about Ian McEwan and the photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue and the jazz cornet player Don Cherry. He goes on tour with the aging rockers in Def Leppard and goes up in a decommissioned Russian MIG-29 fighter plane. He wanders though Camus’s Algeria. He reflects upon the joy of having sex in good hotels. What these essays impart is ecstasy.”

Check out this interview with Geoff conducted by American writer Jonathan Lethem for BOMB magazine.

Geoff’s new book Zona: A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room, is published in February 2012 by Canongate, UK and in March 2012 by Pantheon, US. The book takes the reader through the film Stalker by the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, and, like the film itself, confronts the most mysterious and enduring questions of life and how to live.

Geoff has been chosen by the UK’s Observer newspaper as one of Britain’s top 300 intellectuals! See the full list here.

Geoff’s book, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition (published April 2011 by Graywolf, US), was the subject of this interview with the Paris Review (19 April 2011).

Geoff has a long piece about land art in the New Yorker (18 April 2011) called Poles Apart – Notes from a Pilgrimage.

We just found this video of a hilarious reading Geoff gave at Damian Barr’s Shoreditch House literary salon in London. Enjoy!


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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