Geoff Dyer is the award-winning author of four novels and numerous non-fiction books, which have been translated into 24 languages. His book Otherwise Known as the Human Condition won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, while his novel Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Best Comic Novel. In 2015 Geoff was awarded the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for Non-Fiction. Here are his recommended reads from the Hay Festival 2022 programme...
Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West
Catherine Belton£10.99 £10.44
I recently read Masha Gessen’s excellent The Future is History and this seems like an essential follow-up.
Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921
Antony Beevor£30.00 £28.50
Every book by Beevor is utterly compelling.
Eliot After The Waste Land
Robert Crawford£25.00 £23.75
I can never learn enough about Eliot.
Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons
Jeremy Denk£20.00 £19.00
As a musically illiterate lover of music I'm always on the lookout for books by musicians that can help me understand what I'm hearing.
Manifesto: A radically honest and inspirational memoir from the Booker Prize winning author of Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo£14.99 £14.24
She always seems so reasonable. That sounds like faint praise, I know, but is pretty much the highest compliment you can pay anyone at the moment.
Free Love: The exhilarating new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Late in the Day
Tessa Hadley£16.99 £16.14
If I had to choose just one book it would be this because Hadley is a complete novelist.
The Real and the Romantic: English Art Between Two World Wars - A Times Best Art Book of 2022
Frances Spalding£35.00 £33.25
The period between the wars is ripe for re-evaluation not just in art but literature too.