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Pilgrimage

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Writer Geoff Dyer is in Los Angeles and makes a pilgrimage to the house of an intellectual hero.

Many people love the books of Geoff Dyer (and author William Boyd calls him 'a true original'); be they novels, ruminations or travel essays. White Sands is his latest travel book and today he writes about his new home in Los Angeles and makes a pilgrimage to visit the house of an intellectual hero. With characteristic wit and a keen eye for detail, he writes beautifully about place and always acknowledges that travel can be as much about disappointment as it is about elation and discovery. In White Sands he makes a series of pilgrimages like this one and then wonders why they don't quite live up to their reputation.

Read by Alex Jennings who recently played Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van and Willy Wonka in the musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Abridged by Katrin Williams
Produced by Julian Wilkinson.

15 minutes

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Tue 28 Jun 2016 00:30

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Reader Alex Jennings
Author Geoff Dyer
Abridger Katrin Williams
Producer Julian Wilkinson

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  • Mon 27 Jun 2016 09:45
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