Ah, to be young, over-educated and under-employed! Our nameless narrator and his artistic circle wander from party to party, soaking up the seemingly endless summer before maturity is thrust upon them. Plenty of jokes and theories, not much motivation ... A delicious tribute to indolence's delights. — Charles Bottomley
The first novel, in revised form, from "possibly the best living writer in Britain" (The Daily Telegraph)
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 while 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.
“Like its subjects, the book is sharp and witty. . . . [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
“Of all the hyped novels of 1980s London, it remains one of the most genuine.” —New Statesman
“Dyer writes crisp, Martin Amis–inflected prose, full of acute perceptions and neat phrases . . . The book abounds in colourful descriptions of familiar aspects of London life.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“The great thing about [The Colour of Memory] is its tone, which is neither snide nor wistful, but sharply contemplative, with the typical (and typically pleasing) Dyer humor underlying it all.” —The Threepenny Review