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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Frayn Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/28/2013

    " A charming, self-effacing, understated and deeply moving memoir/biography by one of my favorite novelists. Also a fascinating social history of lower middle class life in early-mid 20th century England. Beautifully written, just as you would expect from Michael Frayn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/11/2013

    " Excellent book! Frayn's evocation of his father during his last illness was hard to read, in part because it was much like my own father's death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Brown | 10/10/2013

    " What a nice change to read a memoir where the author is not whining or blaming his parents for his rotten life. Without being sentimental, Frayn tells a touching tale that paints a rounded and deeply compassionate portrait of his father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/13/2013

    " An endearing portrait of Frayn's father, but also about his whole family, living in England after the war. I love Frayn, so I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siobhan | 6/7/2013

    " Just finished this book last night ( May 4). Oustanding, a beautiful, tender memoir of a father, and many other relatives. Inspires you to get writing about your family before the memories fade or your loved ones are no longer around to tell you their stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Wilde | 5/24/2013

    " It's always interesting to read about other peoples families. This is a lovely book. His affection for his father comes shining through. Very funny in parts and moving in others. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/26/2013

    " Interesting and informative, but prefer his fiction! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzy | 8/17/2012

    " Beautiful, touching memories - a joy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bibliophile | 6/10/2012

    " A sometimes hilarious and always moving account of a famous writer's childhood and adolescence, dominated by the personality of his father, Tom, whose infectious, dazzling smile comes shining through the pages of this beautifully written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haley J. | 5/3/2012

    " This book is great background for fans of Frayn's writing, but I think it would fall flat with those unfamiliar with his work. In particular, it gives a new depth to "Spies." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 2/29/2012

    " A very moving account of the life of this fine author's father and what it was like to grow up in his house. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Harkness | 1/4/2012

    " A bit slow to get going - the pre-history, reassembled from family memories, didn't work terribly well for me. But once Frayn reaches the war years, and his own vivid memories of his youth, and his relationship with his family, especially his father, I was gripped and moved. Beautiful writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tredaran | 11/12/2011

    " Warm hearted yet objective - I really liked it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam Halahmy | 10/20/2011

    " Michael Fryan's totally brilliant portrayal of his father's life. A must read if you like memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa Lukey | 9/24/2011

    " This is a beautiful story of a man and his father. I had never heard of Michael Frayn and I still really liked his story. Moral of the story-A man's fortune is not always a reference to him money. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 9/4/2011

    " A rare visit to non fiction, My Father's Fortune is a critically acclaimed family memoir. But I found it very boring. In fact I gave up after the third try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linden | 6/6/2011

    " This is a memoir of the author's family, mostly set in his youth, but continuing on through the death of his father. Touching and so interesting. I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siobhan | 5/5/2011

    " Just finished this book last night ( May 4). Oustanding, a beautiful, tender memoir of a father, and many other relatives. Inspires you to get writing about your family before the memories fade or your loved ones are no longer around to tell you their stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haley | 4/15/2011

    " This book is great background for fans of Frayn's writing, but I think it would fall flat with those unfamiliar with his work. In particular, it gives a new depth to "Spies." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/13/2011

    " Excellent book! Frayn's evocation of his father during his last illness was hard to read, in part because it was much like my own father's death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/11/2011

    " An endearing portrait of Frayn's father, but also about his whole family, living in England after the war. I love Frayn, so I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 4/10/2011

    " A warm and touching book about his family, especially his father, and growing up in England after the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 4/10/2011

    " What a nice change to read a memoir where the author is not whining or blaming his parents for his rotten life. Without being sentimental, Frayn tells a touching tale that paints a rounded and deeply compassionate portrait of his father.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey | 3/7/2011

    " It's always interesting to read about other peoples families. This is a lovely book. His affection for his father comes shining through. Very funny in parts and moving in others. Highly recommended. "

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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.