A (suit)case of mistaken identity leads to a series of absurd misadventures, as Michael Frayn exports a madcap farce to an unsuspecting Greek island.

On the island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation’s annual lecture is to be given by Dr Norman Wilfred, the world-famous authority on the scientific organisation of science. He turns out to be surprisingly young and charming and the Foundation’s guests are soon eating out of his hand. Meanwhile, in a remote village at the other end of the island, a balding old gent called Dr Norman Wilfred has lost his whereabouts, his luggage, his temper and, increasingly, all sense of reality.

The Man Booker Prize 2012
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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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