The Smoking Diaries

The Smoking Diaries

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When he turned sixty-five, the playwright Simon Gray began to keep a diary: not a careful honing of the day's events with a view to posterity but an account of his thoughts as he had them, honestly, turbulently, digressively expressed. The Smoking Diaries was the result, in which one of Britain's most beloved and original writers reflected on a life filled with cigarettes (continuing), alcohol (stopped), several triumphs and many more disasters, shame, adultery, friendship and love. Few diarists have been as frank about themselves, and even fewer as entertaining.... book in that it goes beyond the usual style, without losing all the usual, the celebrated Ian Hamilton wit, clarity, urbanity, etc. a€” and each essay, each of the forty-five is a model of coherence without making each life into a coherence in itself.

Title:The Smoking Diaries
Author:Simon Gray
Publisher:Granta Books - 2013-01-23


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