Michael Frayn’s ingeniously comic art thriller about a young philosophy lecturer’s obsessive hunt for a missing masterpiece.

A novel of historical investigation and comic invention, Headlong pitches from gallery to museum to library delivering an extended lesson in iconography and aesthetics. It uses the elusive story behind a painting, which is presumed - by Martin Clay, an easily-distracted philosophy lecturer - to be a lost work of Brueghel. He risks everything he has in his efforts to establish its provenance and then spirit it from its owner.

The Booker Prize 1999
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Faber & Faber
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Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn

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Michael Frayn was born in London and began his writing career as a journalist on the Guardian and the Observer.
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