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In this memoir, Frayn reveals the original exemplar of the extraordinary-ordinary life: his father, Tom Frayn. A clever lad, a roofing 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, even through the shockingly sudden tragedy that darkened his life. Tom Frayn left his son little more than three watches and two ink-and-wash prints. But the true fortune he passed on was the great humor and spirit revealed in this beguiling memoir.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully rendered and seriously funny.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A beautifully written portrait of a vanished way of life and a fondly humorous, very affecting work of homage and love.”

    Salon

  • “A wry, unsentimental, but deeply felt family history… The narrative turns wistful as it surveys the gulf—of temperament, circumstance, and class—that opens between father and son as the author pursues an academic and literary life.”

    New Yorker

  • “Exquisitely written…Frayn’s thoughtful, obsessive, darkly funny exegesis of his father’s life is a heroic recreation of a vanished world.”

    Maclean’s (Canada)

  • “Frayn has never written with more searching brilliance than in this quest for his past.”

    Sunday Times (UK)

  • “Here is a son’s proud, gently poking tribute to the remarkable qualities of an ordinary man, if only on the outside.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is beautiful writing.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Funny when it needs to be, touching when it needs to be, and for the most part is cast in smooth, beguiling prose…A lovely tribute.”

    Washington Post

  • Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize
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About the Author
Author Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn is the author of thirteen plays, including the classic comedy Noises Off, and Copenhagen, which was named Play of the Year by the Evening Standard and won the Drama Critics Circle award. Frayn has also written seven novels and three screenplays, as well as being a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and translator of Chekhov. Headlong is his first novel to appear in the United States since 1993. He lives in London.

About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.