Publication Date: 05/03/2015 ISBN: 9781782115113 Category:

Working the Room

Geoff Dyer

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication Date: 05/03/2015 ISBN: 9781782115113 Category:
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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.

Publisher Review

Shrewd, funny, original . . . very good company on the page. -- Andrew Motion * * Guardian * * A national treasure. -- Zadie Smith A seductively straightforward writer . . . like Orwell. Dyer writes engrossingly on everything from love of doughnuts to his sequestered working class childhood in Swindon. -- Will Self * * Financial Times * * 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. -- Tim Adams * * Observer * * A true original - one of those rare voices in contemporary literature that never ceases to surprise, disturb and delight . . . Dyer is a must-read for our confused and perplexing times. * * William Boyd * * Dyer is becoming a character just as arch and seductive as that professional self-effacer from the previous generation, Alan Bennett. * * Observer * * Insightful, humorous, and . . . exemplifies his passion, wit and ability. -- Rob Sharp * * Independent * * An irresistibly funny storyteller, [Dyer] is adept at fiction, essay and reportage, but happiest when twisting all three into something entirely his own. * * New Yorker * * It's this ability to develop such passions that gives the literary flaneur his curious edge, a gift for turning both acute spasms of obsession and long-rumbling preoccupations into writing, a highly strung take on the journalistic necessity of burrowing into a subject like a worm in an apple, then moving on to a new fruit -- Victoria Segal * * Guardian * * Dyer's musings provide an intensely personal view of the world * * The Times * * It's this ability to develop such passions that gives the literary flaneur his curious edge, a gift for turning both acute spasms of obsession and long-rumbling preoccupations into writing, a highly strung take on the journalistic necessity of burrowing into a subject like a worm in an apple, then moving on to a new fruit. * * Guardian * * Essays and journalism, often very funny, from the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi. * * Sunday Telegraph * * Dyer's musings provide an intensely personal view of the world. * * Times * *

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