BA, Hon LittD
Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933, and educated at Kingston Grammar School. During National Service he learned Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists in Cambridge, then came up to Emmanuel (1954-7), where he read Modern Languages Part I (French and Russian), then Part II Moral Sciences. He began his career as a reporter and columnist on the Guardian and the Observer before becoming first a novelist and then a playwright. He has written ten novels, including 'Towards the End of the Morning', 'Headlong', and most recently 'Spies'; sixteen original works for the stage, including 'Noises Off' and 'Copenhagen'; three original screenplays, including 'Clockwise'; and has also translated for the theatre, mostly from the Russian.