Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the Guardian and the Observer. His eleven novels include Headlong, Spies and Skios. He has also published two works of philosophy, Constructions and The Human Touch; and a memoir, My Father’s Fortune. His seventeen plays range from Noises Off, recently chosen as one of the nation's three favourite plays, to Copenhagen. He is married to the writer Claire Tomalin.