Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the Guardian and the Observer. Spies was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2002 and won the Whitbread Award for Fiction 2002. Headlong was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize, the Whitbread Novel Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. Other novels include Towards the End of the Morning, The Trick of It and A Landing on The Sun, as well as The Tin Men, Now You Know, Sweet Dreams and Celia’s Secret. His thirteen plays range from Noises Off to Copenhagen, and he has translated a number of works, mostly from the Russian. His play, Democracy, received the Evening Standard Best Play Award and transferred to the Wyndhams Theatre after a hugely successful run at the National Theatre.