The Complete Smoking Diaries Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013
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Writing with wit, spontaneity and moral courage... Under the bile and bluster, the egotism and regret, the artful insouciance of his prose lies a dear (and irreverent) love of comrades and an even dearer (and endearing) love of his wife. --The Times
'My favorite book of 2013, one of my favorite books ever written, is Simon Gray's The Complete Smoking Diaries, a post-post-postmodern In Search of Lost Time: rigorously/relentlessly self-mocking and self-scrutinizing, all while pretending to be just out on a lark... Unbelievably beautiful, unbelievably great, utterly loneliness-assuaging' --'Books of 2013', Salon
'These are not conventional diaries but a wonderful interweaving of memories, events and anecdotes, fuelled by nicotine and his irresistible taste for black comedy' --'Best Books' chosen by Lynn Barber, The Week
About the Author
SIMON GRAY was born in England in 1936 and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was the author of over 30 plays, including Butley, The Common Pursuit and Cell Mates, and published several volumes of diaries and books about the theatre, including Enter a Fox and Fat Chance, both published by Granta. He was awarded a CBE in 2005 and died in 2008.
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