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Skios - Michael Frayn

Skios - Michael Frayn

Title: Skios

Author:  Michael Frayn

ISBN:  9780571281411

Weight:  655 g

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Skios by Michael Frayn

Good God, thought Oliver, as he saw the smile.  She thinks I’m him!  And all at once he knew it was so.  He was Dr Norman Wilfred.

On the sunlit Greek island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation is preparing for the most important event in its calendar: its annual lecture.  This year they have secured a major star: Dr Norman Wilfred, the world-famous authority on the scientific organisation of science.  When he arrives he turns out to be surprisingly young and charming – not at all the intimidating figure they had been expecting.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the island, a young woman waits for the notorious chancer she has rashly agreed to go on holiday with and who has only too characteristically failed to turn up.  Trapped in the villa with her instead, by an unfortunate chain of misadventure, is a balding old gent called Dr Norman Wilfred, who has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper and increasingly all normal sense of reality…

And as the time draws ever nearer for one Dr Wilfred – or possibly both – to give the eagerly awaited lecture, so Skios – Greece – Europe – career off their appointed track.

Skios was longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize

Peer & Press Reviews

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 pieces of this intricate farce click into place with all the assurance you’d expect from the author of Noises Off…  The denoument is pitch-perfect.  Guaranteed to make many an appearance on holiday-reading lists this summer.

Daily Mail

So brilliantly funny that tears of laughter make the print swim in front of your eyes…  A tour de force.

Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Skios
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, THIRD printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Awards and prizes: Man Booker Prize 2012 – longlist
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780571281411
ISBN 10: 0571281419
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 278
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 144 x 29mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Ekko von Schwichow
Jacket design: Faber

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