By Geoff Dyer

Anglo-English Attitudes brings jointly Geoff Dyer's most sensible journalism and different writing from 1984-99. There are studied meditations on photographers (Robert Capa, William Gedney, Cartier-Bresson), painters (Bonnard, Gauguin), musicians (Coltrane, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), and shut serious engagements with writers together with Camus, Michael Ondaatje and Martin Amis. additionally listed here are idiosyncratic reflections on boxing, comics, Airfix types and motion guy, and sometimes hilarious debts of his 'misadventures'.

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