Other books byMichael Frayn
Speak After the Beep
The original 10 broadcasts from BBC Radio 4 - the sequel to the award-winning Jarvis's Frayn. Martin jarvis is seriously funny in this classic series of hilarious vignettes.Jarvis and Frayn are a truly inimitable pairing - frequent collaborators on-stage, screen and audiobook, they are an eternally popular duo.Michael Frayn began his career as a reporter on UK newspaper The Guardian before becoming a columnist for the same newspaper.Martin Jarvis is a renowned audiobook narrator and his many acting accolades, include a Theater World Award for his performance in the Broadway play By Jeeves.This collection is perfect for anyone who has ever questioned the logic behind technobabble, computer jargon and eccentric human idiosyncrasies...that'll be everybody, then!
Now You Know
Bit of a wide boy, Terry. Got a spot of form, eye for the ladies, a real rough diamond some might say. Not without his virtues though, as his campaign for open government shows. No secrets, that's Terry's secret. Allied to his charm that is, of course. Only one person finds it easy to resist his charm and counter his arguments and that's Hilary - a serious and dedicated young Civil Servant in the Home Office, who just happens to know the truth about the case in which Terry is currently interested. She despises him and everything he stands for. But then why is she to be found one evening walking through the back streets behind the Strand, to the run-down block where Terry's pressure group has its headquarters?
An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of an elusive Old Master. Invited to dinner by the boorish local landowner, Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his art-historian wife are asked to assess three dusty paintings blocking the draught from the chimney. But hiding beneath the soot is nothing less-Martin believes-than a lost work by Bruegel. So begins a hilarious trail of lies and concealments, desperate schemes and soaring hopes as Martin, betting all that he owns and much that he doesn't, embarks on a quest to prove his hunch, win his wife over, and separate the painting from its owner. In Headlong, Michael Frayn, "the master of what is seriously funny" (Anthony Burgess), offers a procession of superbly realized characters, from the country squire gone to seed to his giddy, oversexed young wife. All are burdened by human muddle and human cravings; all are searching for a moral compass as they grapple with greed, folly, and desire. And at the heart of the clamor is Breugel's vision, its dark tones warning of the real risks of temptation and obsession. With this new novel, Michael Frayn has given us entertainment of the highest order. Supremely wise and wickedly funny, Headlong elevates Frayn into the front rank of contemporary novelists.
My Father's Fortune
Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize Award-winning playwright and novelist Michael Frayn "makes the family memoir his own" (The Daily Telegraph) as he tells the story of his father, Tom Frayn. A clever lad, an asbestos salesman with a winning smile and a racetrack vocabulary, Tom Frayn emerged undaunted from a childhood spent in two rooms with six other people, all of them deaf. And undaunted he stayed, through German rockets, feckless in-laws, and his own increasing deafness; through the setback of a son as bafflingly slow-witted as the father was quick on his feet; through the shockingly sudden tragedy that darkened his life. As Peter Kemp wrote in The Sunday Times (London), "Frayn has never written with more searching brilliance than in his quest for his past."