STAGE DIRECTIONS covers half a lifetime and the whole range of Frayn’s theatrical writing, right up to a new piece about his latest play, AFTERLIFE. It is also a reflection on his path into theatre: the ‘doubtful beginnings’ of his childhood, his subsequent scorn as a young man and, surprisingly late in life, his reluctant conversion. Whatever subjects he tackles, from the exploration of the atomic nucleus to the mechanics of farce, Michael Frayn is never less than fascinating, delightfully funny and charming. This book encapsulates a lifetime’s work and is guaranteed to be a firm favourite with his legions of fans around the world.
In 2009, Faber & Faber will publish a collection of in-depth travel articles Michael Frayn has written since the 1960s, under the title WHEN I LAST SAW PARIS. And CONSTRUCTIONS, Michael Frayn’s first work of philosophy – originally published in 1974, is to be reissued.
"Deeply enjoyable… as good an account of what actually happens in a theatre as I have ever read." - Simon Callow, Guardian
"Frayn writes engagingly and entertainingly… Affectionate towards his subject without being indulgent… never pretentious and never impenetrable: this is writing on theatre as it ought to be." - Spectator