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The Smoking Diaries: The Smoking Diaries, Volume 1 | [Simon Gray]

The Smoking Diaries: The Smoking Diaries, Volume 1

When he turned 65, the playwright Simon Gray began to keep a diary: not a careful honing of the days's events with a view to posterity but an account of his thoughts as he had them, honestly, turbulently, digressively expressed. One of Britain's most amusing and original writers reflects on a life filled with cigarettes (continuing), alcohol (stopped), several triumphs, and many more disasters; a record of shame, adultery, friendship, and love. Few diarists have ever been so frank about themselves, and even fewer so entertaining.
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When he turned 65, the playwright Simon Gray began to keep a diary: not a careful honing of the days's events with a view to posterity but an account of his thoughts as he had them, honestly, turbulently, digressively expressed. One of Britain's most amusing and original writers reflects on a life filled with cigarettes (continuing), alcohol (stopped), several triumphs, and many more disasters; a record of shame, adultery, friendship, and love.

Few diarists have ever been so frank about themselves, and even fewer so entertaining.

©2004 Simon Gray (P)2008 Canongate Books in partnership with Faber and Faber Ltd

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