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The Smoking Diaries Volume 2 By Simon Gray

The Smoking Diaries Volume 2 by Simon Gray

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Reissue in new livery of Gray's The Year of the Jouncer: 'Gray is an absolute genius ... the very best thing he has ever done' Daily Express

The Smoking Diaries Volume 2 Summary

The Smoking Diaries Volume 2: The Year Of The Jouncer by Simon Gray

As a baby, Simon Gray discovered that he could move his pram while still nestling inside it. 'It was a complete mystery to the adult intelligences, how had he done it, if it was he who had done it, but if not he, who then and why? So the next afternoon they (Mummy and Nanny) planted the pram in the usual spot, and stood over it, watching - the baby lay there smiling or snivelling up at them, until it struck them that they should try observing the baby when unobserved by the baby, and they withdrew behind bushes and trees etc.; and thus witnessed the swaying of the pram, then the juddering of the pram, then its slow, unsteady progress along the path, the movement accompanied by a low humming and keening sound from within that reminded them more of a dog than a human ... "jouncing" was the word they used for it. I was a jouncer therefore.' In the second book of his chronicles of triumph and disaster which started with The Smoking Diaries, Gray intertwined scenes from his adult and his childish self to produce a brilliant and moving counterpoint of life's unsteady progress.

About Simon Gray

SIMON GRAY was born in England in 1936 and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was the author of over 30 plays, including Butley, The Common Pursuit and Cell Mates, and published several volumes of diaries and books about the theatre, including Enter a Fox and Fat Chance, both published by Granta. He was awarded a CBE in 2005. He died in 2008.

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GOR011139882
The Smoking Diaries Volume 2: The Year Of The Jouncer by Simon Gray
Used - Like New
Paperback
Granta Books
2008-04-02
282
1847080553
9781847080554
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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