White Sands

Experiences from the Outside World

Geoff Dyer

The sand is made of gypsum—whatever that is—and is as bright as newfallen snow. Brighter, actually. It’s really quite unbelievable that anything can be so bright
White Sands by Geoff Dyer (Paperback ISBN 9781782117421) book cover

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In the spirit of Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, his bestselling book about travel, Geoff Dyer is back on the road.


From a trip to The Lightning Field in New Mexico, to chasing Gauguin’s ghost in French Polynesia, White Sands is a creative exploration of why we travel.

Episodic, wide-ranging and funny, Geoff Dyer blends travel writing, essay, criticism and fiction with a smart and cantankerous wit that is unmatched. From one of the most original writers in Britain, this is a book for armchair travellers and procrastinating philosophers everywhere.

“Brilliant … Dyer’s eyes miss nothing”
Peter Conrad

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“An examination of some of the most fundamental questions of life … Inspiring and informing”

“Even Chekhov might have envied Geoff Dyer’s talent … Almost perfect”
Jan Morris

“[A] disregard for genre boundaries is a hallmark of his work, along with erudition, a brilliant use of language and irreverent humour … The nearest thing to White Sands in Dyer’s back catalogue is Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It
daily Telegraph

“Surpassingly eloquent … there’s no other writer quite like Dyer”

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.