This is an affectionate memoir by the noted novelist and playwright (Noises Off, Copenhagen). The humor that infuses much of his other work is apparent in his recollections of growing up in England. The loss of his mother was devastating to the young Frayn, leaving him in the care of a distant and demanding father and the ministrations of the erratic woman whom his father married primarily to provide more economic stability to his family. The book is honest, occasionally moving, and told with a rare insight into the dynamics of the frequently tenuous relationship between fathers and sons.— Alden Graves
In this memoir, Frayn reveals the original exemplar of the extraordinary-ordinary life: his father, Tom Frayn. A clever lad, a roofing salesman with a winning smile and a racetrack vocabulary, Tom Frayn emerged undaunted from a childhood spent in two rooms with six other people, all of them deaf. And undaunted he stayed, even through the shockingly sudden tragedy that darkened his life. Tom Frayn left his son little more than three watches and two ink-and-wash prints. But the true fortune he passed on was the great humor and spirit revealed in this beguiling memoir.