The Year of the Jouncer

Simon Gray

The second volume of Simon Gray’s candid diaries abridged and read by the author.

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‘Thrilling . . . I’m a besotted fan.’ Lynn Barber, Observer

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 bestseller, 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.


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…

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