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A novel of historical investigation and comic invention, Headlong pitches from gallery to museum to library delivering an extended lesson in iconography and aesthetics.

It uses the elusive story behind a painting, thought, by an easily-distracted philosopher, to be a lost work of Brueghel. He risks everything he has in his efforts to establish its provenance and then spirit it from its owner.

About the Author

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a jounalist on the Guardian and the Observer. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, The Trick of It, A Landing on the Sun and Headlong which was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. His plays range from Noises Off to Copenhagen. He has translated a number of works, mostly from the Russian. Michael Frayn lives in London.

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