Farce falls short of Frayn's genius

Skios by Michael Frayn. Faber & Faber, €16.35. Reviewed by Kevin Power.

28th April, 2012
Farce falls short of Frayn's genius
Michael Frayn's new novel is lacking in big ideas. Photo: Getty

Skios by Michael Frayn


The most impressive page in Michael Frayn's new novel appears at the front of the book, and is headed "By the same author". Frayn's backlist is a testament to a lifetime of hard work and high achievement. It includes early comic novels such as The Tin Men (1965) and Towards the End of the Morning (1967); more recent literary novels, such as Headlong (1999) and Spies (2002); several hugely-successful plays, most...

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