An Evening with Michael Frayn

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Nov 16, 2013
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM


Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing

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0116 252 2320

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Ticketed event - please book your free tickets in advance.

Followed by a signing session

Chair: Harry Whitehead

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the Guardian and the Observer. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, The Trick of It and A Landing on the Sun. Headlong (1999) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize while Spies (2002) won the Whitbread Novel Award. His fifteen plays range from Noises Off to Copenhagen and most recently Afterlife. His most recent book, Skios (2012) was published to widespread acclaim:

"Michael Frayn’s brilliantly plotted Skios, set in and around a plausibly farcical cultural centre in Greece, is laugh-aloud funny, as fine as anything his mentor Wodehouse ever wrote." Philip French, Observer, Books of the Year

"The flair for farce that gave Frayn’s play Noises Off such comic brio is here uproariously let loose across the pages of a novel. A mix-up with suitcases on a Greek island plunges a pompous elderly lecturer (en route to a cultural symposium) and a raffish young character heading for an amorous assignation into a helter-skelter comedy of errors. The result is a bravura feat of nimbly plotted mishaps and misunderstandings." Peter Kemp, Sunday Times, Books of the Year

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Authors who have visited Literary Leicester include: Lauren Child, Louis de Bernières, Colin Dexter, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Frayn, Amitav Ghosh, Germain Greer, Linton Kwesi Johnon, Penelope Lively, David Lodge, Roger McGough, Will Self, Colm Tóibín, Sue Townsend, Fay Weldon and Jaqueline Wilson

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