My Father's Fortune

My Father's Fortune

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'An unknown place.' This was what Michael Frayn's children called the shadowy landscape of the past from which their family had emerged. Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, My Father's Fortune sets out to rediscover that lost land before all trace of it finally disappears beyond recall. As Frayn tries to see it through the eyes of his parents and the others who shaped his life, he comes to realise how little he ever knew or understood about them. This is above all the story of his father, the quick-witted boy from a poor and struggling family, who overcame disadvantages and shouldered many burdens to make a go of his life; who found happiness, had it snatched away from him, and in the end, after many difficulties, perhaps found it again. Father and son were in some ways incredibly alike, in others ridiculously different; and the journey back down the corridors of time is sometimes comic, sometimes painful, as Michael Frayn comes to see how much he has inherited from his father and makes one or two surprising discoveries along the way. Michael Frayn is the celebrated author of fifteen plays including Noises Off, Copenhagen and Afterlife. His bestselling novels include Headlong, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Spies, which won the Whitbread Best Novel Award and Skios, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.the radio a€“ the Eighth so many times that I can conduct my own solo but fully orchestrated performance ofit inside my head more or less from beginning to end. ... He teaches us English; or at any rate he teaches us during the periods marked a#39;Englisha#39; on the timetable. ... when I was coming bottom of the class or close to it in every other subject, by marking my essays thirty out of thirty (his own private scaleanbsp;...

Title:My Father's Fortune
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher:Faber & Faber - 2010-09-02

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