Enter the world of Simon Gray, irascible in his closing years but always articulate and interesting. All four books of diaries in one volume is tremendous value. Perhaps the writing tics that are so compulsive in a single book become a little wearing in the longer read? Otherwise, a fine piece of work that will surely last.
An extraordinary book, an extraordinary man, I strongly recommend this volume; it's not often you find a writer who, paragraph after paragraph, prompts you to read his work out loud to anyone in your vicinity.
This is a terrifically well written and interesting read from Simon Gray at the end of his life. I laughed out loud quite a lot. A stream of consciousness approach often annoys me, but this certainly did not. The book is perfectly presented - I didn't find a single error.