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The Year of the Jouncer

Summary

A great many writers use their own lives as the raw material for their work, but few have done it with the wit and courage of Simon Gray. Like his previous best seller, The Smoking Diaries, The Year of the Jouncer has the rare ability to make you laugh aloud one moment and ponder the sad mysteries of mortality the next - and sometimes to do both at the same time.

©2006 Simon Gray (P)2008 Faber Audio

Narrator: Simon Gray
Author: Simon Gray
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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The Last Cigarette

Summary

Simon Gray is determined to give up smoking. Really. At last. Can he kick the habit of 60 years? Will he, sometime soon, be able to leave his house without nervously feeling for his two packets of 20 and his two lighters, and add no more singes to his cardigan? As this wonderful, wayward record of Gray's life progresses, these questions are overtaken by much larger ones. What is that lady on the plane to Athens doing with her nose? What was sex like before 1963? Will his name be in lights on Broadway? Why did he leave the bedside of his dying mother?  With their combination of comedy and serious reflection, of sharp observation and painful self-disclosure, Simon Gray's diaries have reinvented the memoir form and are destined to become classics of autobiography.

©2008 Simon Gray (P)2008 Faber Audio

Narrator: Simon Gray
Author: Simon Gray
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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The Smoking Diaries

Summary

When he turned 65, the playwright Simon Gray began to keep a diary: not a careful honing of the days' 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.

©2004 Simon Gray (P)2008 Faber Audio

Narrator: Simon Gray
Author: Simon Gray
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Suck It Up or Go Home

Summary

A true story about the courage to stand up, keep going, and never give in! Bullied at school, Simon Gray set off on a journey to avenge his demons. From the Muay Thai ring to the traditional Japanese dojo, his journey of self-discovery is packed full of humor, inspiration, and lessons to live a better and more fulfilling life. Approaching his mid-thirties, he stepped away from the corporate rat race. Having sold his house, car, and other worldly possessions he travelled to Tokyo, Japan, where he enrolled in one of the toughest martial arts courses in the world. For 11 months, he trained with the Tokyo Riot Police on the bruising and often brutal course that changed his life. In Suck It Up or Go Home, he shares his story of training, torment, and ultimate triumph. In a world where challenges are ever-present, Suck It Up or Go Home is about the courage to stand up, keep going, and never give in! This book is about stepping out of your comfort zone to embrace new opportunities and challenges. While a book with martial arts at its core, it's much more than a book on martial arts. It's a true story of resilience, discipline and succeeding against the odds. It charts the author's life from a tough boarding school to the present day. It's a tale of self-discovery and self-awareness and is packed full of humor alongside serious observations on life. It details what happened on the Yoshinkan Aikido 16th international Senshusei Course in Tokyo, Japan, and brings to life the craziness of everyday life on one of the toughest martial arts courses in the world. If you have an interest in the martial arts, Japanese culture, or what it takes to keep going during difficult times, you'll definitely enjoy this book.

©2020 Career Codex (P)2021 Career Codex

Narrator: Simon Gray
Author: Simon Gray
Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible