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Coda by Simon Gray
Book DescriptionOddly, or perhaps not oddly, come to think of it, the smoking ban came into effect about three days after I got the news - yes, now I do come to think of it, it seems more than odd, it seems eerily consequential, suggesting among other possibilities that I am so innately, organically obedient that my whole physical system submitted to the law in spite of my habits and inclination, and that my inner opposition to it was immediately met by the most appropriate and natural punishment - lung cancer. So reflects the celebrated diarist and playwright Simon Gray during this frank, profoundly moving and often painfully funny account of what he refers to as 'the beginning of my dying'. During a holiday with his wife in Crete, Gray recalls the scans, consultations and biopsies that have dominated the previous months while offering unforgettable portraits of fellow tourists and digressions on everything from lying to the maitre d' and concerns about tipping to crimes of passion and his new-found obsession with obituaries. Written with a great generosity of spirit and a poignant reluctance to leave this world behind, Simon Gray's "Coda" is as life-affirming as it is heart-rending.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571244188
(141mm x 125mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Simon Gray
Complete Smoking Diaries, Hardback (September 2013)
Collected in one spellbinding volume for the first time, these are the digressive, exuberant, rip-roaringly funny diaries of one of Britain's best writers and heaviest smokers
Quartermaine's Terms, Paperback (February 2013)
A light comedy about a group of educated, often eccentric English characters in an academic backwater in the early sixties. But though the jokes are excellent, the piece cuts deep. It creates a poignant sense of transience and mortality.
Super Secrets of the Successful Job Seeker, Paperback (November 2012)
With high unemployment and jobseekers fighting for fewer and fewer jobs it's never been more important to get an edge when looking for that next career move. In this book, the author explains how to get ahead, what to do and - just as crucially - what not to do in order to win in the highly competitive job race.
Early Diaries, Paperback (July 2010)» View all books by Simon Gray
Chronicles the highs and lows of bringing two of author's plays to the stage. This title features the plays "An Unnatural Pursuit" and "How's That for Telling 'em, Fat Lady?".
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Author Biography - Simon Gray
Simon Gray was born in 1936. He began his writing career with Colmain (1963), the first of five novels, all published by Faber. He is the author of many plays for TV and radio, also films, including the 1987 adaptation of J L Carr's A Month in the Country, and TV films including Running Late, After Pilkington (winner of the Prix Italia) and Emmy Award-winning Unnatural Pursuits. He wrote more than thirty stage plays amongst them Butley and Otherwise Engaged (which both received Evening Standard Awards for Best Play), Close of Play, The Rear Column, Quartermaine's Terms, The Common Pursuit, Hidden Laughter, The Late Middle Classes (winner of the Barclay's Best Play Award), Japes, The Old Masters (his ninth play to be directed by Harold Pinter) and Little Nell, which premiered at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2007, directed by Peter Hall. Little Nell was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006, and Missing Dates in 2008. In 1991 he was made BAFTA Writer of the Year. His acclaimed works of non-fiction are: An Unnatural Pursuit, How's That for Telling 'Em, Fat Lady?, Fat Chance, Enter a Fox, The Smoking Diaries, The Year of the Jouncer, The Last Cigarette and Coda. He was appointed CBE in the 2005 New Year's Honours for his services to Drama and Literature. Simon Gray died in August 2008.
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