Michael Frayn’s evocative wartime psychological drama, which revisits the confused innocence of childhood through the memories of old age.

In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bombsite. But the two boys start to suspect all is not as it seems when one day Keith announces a disconcerting discovery: the Germans have infiltrated his own family. And when the secret underground world they have dreamed up emerges from the shadows they find themselves engulfed in mysteries far deeper and more painful than they had bargained for.

The Man Booker Prize 2002
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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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