Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the Guardian and the Observer. SPIES was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2002 and won the Whitbread Award for Fiction 2002. HEADLONG was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize, the Whitbread Novel Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. Other novels include TOWARDS THE END OF THE MORNING, THE TRICK OF IT and A LANDING ON THE SUN, as well as THE TIN MEN, NOW YOU KNOW, SWEET DREAMS and CELIA’S SECRET. His thirteen plays (which are represented by Nicki Stoddart at United Agents) range from NOISES OFF to COPENHAGEN, and he has translated a number of works, mostly from the Russian. His play, DEMOCRACY, received the Evening Standard Best Play Award and transferred to the Wyndhams Theatre after a hugely successful run at the National Theatre.
His memoir of his father and his childhood, MY FATHER’S FORTUNE: A LIFE, was published in 2010, and was awarded the 2011 PEN/Ackerley Prize and shortlisted for the 2010 Costa Biography Award. SKIOS, a farce set on a Greek island, was published by Faber & Faber in May 2012 and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. In 2014, MATCHBOX, a collection of very short plays, was published by Faber & Faber. It was adapted for BBC Radio 4 and performed in Hampstead theatre. In 2017, a second collection of short plays, POCKET PLAYHOUSE, was also published by Faber & Faber. In July 2021, Michael was awarded the Critics Circle Award for Services to the Arts, the Critics Circle’s highest honour.
He is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin.