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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857864033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857864031
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and six other nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The winner of a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award, Dyer is a regular contributor to many publications in the UK and the US. He lives in London. For more information visit Geoff Dyer's official website:

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"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)

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'Among the most original and talented writers of his generation' Independent on Sunday

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
The one-line summary of this review of Geoff Dyer's Anglo-English Attitudes goes far, but not far enough in attempting (admittedly only half-heartedly) to identify the writer's body of work as well as the kind of writer he has aspired to be over the span of fifteen years and counting.
Anglo-English Attitudes is more hits than misses, covering Dyer's essays and reviews on authors and subjects ranging from Graham Greene to Jay McInerney to flying in a Russian MIG-29 supersonic jetfighter to backing out of skydiving from 10,000 feet after suiting up and watching everyone else jump. It's difficult to articulate how this book gets under your skin in any cumulative way, it just does for so many reasons. Dyer writes movingly while not overwhelming the reader with grief in describing the suicide and funeral of his uncle, Eric in Violets of Pride. In Blues for Vincent, Dyer uses his own personal experiences of loss and longing to connect himself and the reader to American Blues music as shelter, a way to endure despair and loneliness. In Albert Camus, the writer arrives in Algeria only to realize he is too late in trying to come to grips with the Francophone Algeria that nutured Camus as a person and as a writer. But he nonetheless makes the journey to post-colonial Algiers to "claim kin with him, to be guided by him." While watching some boys play soccer on a deserted sidestreet in Algiers Dyer is confronted by the intense poverty and sunlight that was so much a part of Camus' life growing up as a young Pied Noir and is "seized by two contradictory feelings: there is so much beauty in the world it is incredible that we are ever miserable for a moment; there is so much shit in the world that it is incredible that we are ever happy for a moment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Marsland on 21 May 2010
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I enjoyed reading this book - Dyer writes essays about what interests him whether art, photography, philosophy, jazz or even action man. He is as one quote on the cover suggests perhaps the best writer in Britain today. The essays are by turns funny , moving and often very insightful. If you enjoy the essay form or even just enjoy good writing I urge you to read this book.
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