“Write the Book Only You Could Write” – Geoff Dyer on His Career and Endings

Geoff Dyer talks to Dorian Lynskey about his career and new book The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings. In this, he examines the matter of final performances and pieces, through the tales of artists, sportspeople and writers. The pair also discuss how Dyer’s work takes shape, and how he reflects on his own writing.

“The sense of not being ideally qualified to write about a subject has been quite enabling for me.” 

“Write the book only you could write is the mantra I repeat.” 

“Some genre defying stuff now feels a comfortable genre in itself.” 

“I think I’ve managed to turn the lack of a readership into some sort of freedom.” 

“If you can turn your weaknesses into some kind of strength, that’s a very happy outcome.” 

“The writing life has gone hand in hand with the continuation of my self-education.”

“If you're able to engage the reader's curiosity and interest they’ll keep on reading.“


Written and presented by Dorian Lynskey. Lead Producer: Jacob Jarvis. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Jade Bailey. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production

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