Published : 2 Apr 2009 - Faber & Faber
By our inmost nature we are readers, and what we read is not just words and symbols but the world around us. We have to - our very existence depends upon it. So in its turn does the existence of the world. The limitations imposed by our viewpoint and purposes give it its form and substance, and our very transience its savour.

First published in 1974 and republished following the success of Frayn's masterly work of philosophy THE HUMAN TOUCH, CONSTRUCTIONS is here reissued for the first time since its original publication, with a new introduction by the author.

In this book can be found the first sketches of many of the ideas that Frayn has developed throughout his writing. CONSTRUCTIONS is a dazzling, thought-provoking and fascinating book which explores some of the great problems in philosophy and of everyday life.


Pithy, thought-provoking and lucid.

The Daily Telegraph

This slim book examines weighty topics. It is a beguiling shape that Michael Frayn has constructed here... Lightening heavy matter with his humour.

Independent on Sunday

A pleasant read.

The Glasgow Herald