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The Colour of Memory

A Novel
Geoff Dyer
In The Colour of Memory, six friends plot a nomadic course through their mid-twenties as they scratch out an existence in near-destitute conditions in 1980s South London. They wile away their hours drinking cheap beer, landing jobs and quickly squandering them, smoking weed, dodging muggings, listening to Coltrane, finding and losing a facsimile of love, collecting unemployment, and discussing politics in the way of the besotted young—as if they were employed only by the lives they chose. 
In his vivid evocation of council flats and pubs, of a life lived in the teeth of romantic ideals, Geoff Dyer provides a shockingly relevant snapshot of a different Lost Generation.

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The first novel, in revised form, from “possibly the best living writer in Britain” (The Daily Telegraph)

About the Author

Geoff  Dyer
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Geoff Dyer is the author of Zona, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, and numerous previous nonfiction books, as well as Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three other novels. Dyer has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center for Photography’s 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E. M. Forster Award.  He lives in London.

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  • “What I liked best about The Colour of Memory was its depiction of the frustrations of life that become one of the central themes of Dyer’s later work.”The New York Times Book Review
  • “Whatever it is he happens to be writing about, and whatever genre he happens to be avoiding doing it in, Dyer has become one of the most reliably entertaining of contemporary writers.”Slate
  • “The genius of Dyer’s book is how he contains the otherwise-bohemian existence of his characters within the growing political and social discontent of Thatcherite Britain.”Fiction Advocate
  • “[Dyer] fans will enjoy reading about the characters’ obsessions (such as jazz, film, and photography), as well as Dyer’s thoughtful and absorbing digressions.”Publishers Weekly
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