Skios by Michael Frayn review

By Marion McLeod In Books

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21st July, 2012
It’s daunting to contemplate the list of previous publications at the front of Michael Frayn’s new novel. It’s almost farcical – a font half the size of the copy type and still it spreads to two columns: fiction, plays, translations, film and television, non-fiction, memoir … and that’s not counting his extensive journalism. Noises Off, the brilliant, long-running farce, is probably Frayn’s best-known piece. He wrote Skios, he says, because he was curious to see if he could do farce for the page rather than the stage. Could he pull it off without the actors? Of course ...

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