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by Simon Gray

Biography / Autobiography

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Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2009.


Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges' comment: "Black humour with the lightest touch."


Coda Synopsis

Coda is Simon Gray's powerful account of the year in which he struggled to come to terms with terminal lung cancer. Darkly comic depictions of the medical team are set against joyful accounts of sunlit days with this beloved wife, Victoria. Written with exceptional candour and a poignant reluctance to leave this world behind, Simon Gray's Coda is as life-affirming as it is heartrending. Sadly, Coda is being published posthumously, as Gray died in August 2008.

Coda Press Reviews

'I can't imagine a finer book for a writer to go out on - An absolutely extraordinary achievement'
Front Row

'Few books have ever been more immediate, more rooted in the present tense'
Mail on Sunday

'The effortless, rambling style he's accidentally found himself cultivating here reaches its zenith - He finishes not in ugly mid-sentence but clearly, cleanly, perfectly. A casually perfect but unexpectedly painful early full stop to a life and a mind for which we are immeasurably richer'

'His beautifully written, addictively readable, unsparingly honest journals are his greatest achievement - and will survive the test of time'

'Those many readers who have enjoyed the three previous volumes of The Smoking Diaries will find this one every bit as compelling: less funny, despite frequent shafts of wit, considerably more moving'

'Mordantly funny, unsparing of himself and others, desperately brave, it is both compulsive and agonising to read'
Sunday Telegraph An Evening Standard

'Best Book of 2008': 'Wittily digressive, deeply humane and excruciatingly honest' 'An effortlessly astonishing piece of writing that established Gray without a doubt among the great autobiographers'
Literary Review

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ISBN: 9781847081001
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847081001
Publication date: 1st June 2009
Author: Simon Gray
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography,
Categories: Memoirs, Coping with illness & specific conditions,

About Simon Gray

Simon Gray (October 21, 1936 – August 7, 2008) was a playwright and diarist. Four volumes of his memoirs, The Smoking Diaries, The Year of the Jouncer and, The Last Cigarette and, most recently, Coda are published by Granta Books. Gray’s Enter a Fox and Fat Chance are published in their second editions by Granta Books.

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