Out of Sheer Rage

In the Shadow of D. H. Lawrence

Geoff Dyer

Out of Sheer Rage by Geoff Dyer (Paperback ISBN 9781782115137) book cover

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‘The funniest book I have ever read’ Steve Martin

Dyer was a talented young writer and determined to write a study of D.H. Lawrence. But when he sat down to write the book, he found himself distracted by … everything!

Welcome to the world of Dyer! Gripped by indecision at every turn, he agonises over where to settle down to write, whether or not he should move in with his almost-girlfriend, and even which edition of Lawrence’s poems to pack in his rucksack.

In Out of Sheer Rage Dyer travels the world, providing fascinating insights into Lawrence’s life and the continuing value of his work - and into the myriad anxieties that define the life of a writer.


“An intriguing, magnetic, genre-rattling book”
the Times

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“Marvellous … a glorious truant from study … gives a better picture of (Lawrence) than any biography I know.”
James Wood
guardian

“The kind of book that gives literary criticism a bad name. Hilarious!”
John Berger

“A masterpiece”
mail On Sunday

“If there was a prize for the year’s funniest book then it would win hands down”
independent On Sunday


Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as nine non-fiction books. Dyer has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center of Photography’s 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E.M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was named GQ’s Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012 and was a finalist in 1998. In 2015 he received a Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he is Writer in Residence at the University of Southern California.