Anglo-English Attitudes brings together Geoff Dyer’s best journalism and other writing from 1984-99. There are studied meditations on photographers (Robert Capa, William Gedney, Cartier-Bresson) , painters (Bonnard, Gauguin), musicians (Coltrane, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), and close critical engagements with writers including Camus, Michael Ondaatje and Martin Amis. Also here are idiosyncratic reflections on boxing, comics, Airfix models and Action Man, and often hilarious accounts of his ‘misadventures’.
“Dyer’s books are among the most fresh and eclectic in contemporary letters… Because he has fought to preserve his own voice and style, never allowing them to become flattened into cliche; because he writes about his enthusiasms, Dyer’s has long been a name to look out for amid the gossip, prurient interviews and celebrity trash of modern newspapers. That he exists at all, in such ruthlessly materialistic times – unattached to any newspaper, always on the move – is a celebration in itself. This book, a tribute to his persistence and originality, deserves to have a long after-life.” Jason Cowley, The Times
“One of the most rewarding books to emerge from Britain in the last twelve months, ‘fiction’ and ‘non-fiction’ alike.” Modern Painters
“Pick up this book and you will find something interesting on every page.” Independent
“For the sheer diversity of his passions, his career is already hard to beat.” Simon Garfield, Financial Times
“Among the most original and talented writers of his generation.” Independent on Sunday
Current paperback edition: Abacus