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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (99 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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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredd | 10/3/2013

    " I loved this book. If you don't like this book then may you end up like Jim Fixx. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 9/14/2013

    " Loved the stream-of-consciousness style and could identify with a lot of the sentiment and experiences, some funny, some painful. 3.5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Trouncer | 9/9/2013

    " Funny old British writer who has a unique and entertaining slant on the world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liltiki | 8/25/2013

    " Candid, sometimes shocking, often sad memoir of the aging literary crowd in the UK. Especially the take on the dying Harold Pinter. Touching. For any Anglophile. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 8/8/2013

    " The review I read about this book was much better than the book itself. Hate it when that happens. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 7/14/2013

    " Stream of consciousness writing is lazy narcissistic writing in this case. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martinxo | 6/10/2013

    " Ohhh, I wanted to like this book and some of it is indeed very funny but ultimately I found myself flicking through the pages looking for things of interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/16/2013

    " All the blurb and review quotes on the jacket would have you believe it's laugh out loud funny but it just isn't. Extremely melancholic/misanthropic/sardonic in tone though none the worse for that. Artfully crafted and craftily artful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/1/2013

    " More of the same but from this writer it's what you want. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne Roylance | 2/1/2013

    " the first in a series of memoirs by playwright gray about aging, missing his drink, smoking (of course) & literature. he's a natural storyteller - very funny, very british. the whole series is worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Edmonds | 1/28/2013

    " Perfect to carry around to read when waiting, traveling or just stopping during a busy day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 1/17/2013

    " Any old smoker would love this. Any non smoker would too. Witty and profound. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 1/2/2013

    " Good read, aubobiograph of Simon Gray. V amusing in parts, but slightly rambling in others! Dont think I could read it again. "

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