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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Gray Narrator: Simon Gray Publisher: Canongate Faber Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN:
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During a holiday with his wife in Crete, the celebrated diarist and playwright Simon Gray recalls the scans and consultations that have dominated the previous months in this frank, moving, and often painfully funny account of what Gray refers to as the beginning of my dying. Wonderfully comic depictions of the medical team are interrupted by unforgettable portraits of fellow tourists, digressions on everything from crimes of passion to a brief history of his athletic career, and a masterfully tense distraction, composed while waiting for his final prognosis - and smoking one last cigarette.

Written with a great generosity of spirit and a poignant reluctance to leave this world behind, Simon Gray's Coda was read by the author shortly before his death, in August 2008.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 10/27/2013

    " sadly, his last book. His journey from learning that he has terminal lung cancer to the end is filled with contemplation, sadness and humour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 8/29/2013

    " There are aspect of this that needed editing but I guess there wasn't time. Though it ends on a relatively upbeat note the outcome, of course, is unbearably sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 6/22/2013

    " The heartbreaking pre-postscript of Gray's diaries taking the reader, with pathos and mordant humour, through the years from his diagnosis of cancer "

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