‘Dyer is becoming a character just as arch and seductive as that professional self-effacer from the previous generation, Alan Bennett’ Observer
Alive with insight, wit and Dyer’s characteristic irreverence, this collection of essays offers a guide around the cultural maze, mapping a route through the worlds of literature, art, photography and music.
Besides exploring what it is that makes great art great, Working the Room ventures into more personal territory with extensive autobiographical pieces - ‘On Being an Only Child’, ‘Sacked’ and ‘Reader’s Block’, among other gems. Dyer’s breadth of vision and generosity of spirit combine to form a manual for ways of being in - and seeing - the world today.
“Shrewd, funny, original … very good company on the page.”
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“A national treasure.”
“A seductively straightforward writer … like Orwell. Dyer writes engrossingly on everything from love of doughnuts to his sequestered working class childhood in Swindon.”
“One of my favourite of all contemporary writers. I love his sense of the absurd, his pessimism mixed with robust good cheer, his beautifully crafted sentences, his jokes and his intelligence.”
Alain De Botton
“Languid, elegant, brilliantly conversational.”
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.