The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

MICHAEL Frayn’s Skios (Faber & Faber, $29.99) is just out and could be the best laugh-aloud book of the year. The Bri­tish play­wright has a lovely, light touch, and this novel of comic hy­per­bole, set in Greece, re­volves around mis­taken iden­ti­ties (mostly in­volv­ing play­boy Oliver Fox, in­ter­na­tional man of mys­tery and rogu­ish pur­pose) and pre­pos­ter­ous co­in­ci­dences set against the ridicu­lously high­brow Fred Top­pler Foun­da­tion (which he sends up with a won­der­ful wit). If you’re un­fa­mil­iar with Frayn’s work, seek out his To­wards the End of the Morn­ing (1967), about work­ing (and lunch­ing) on a Fleet Street news­pa­per, for a glo­ri­ous in­sight into the Bri­tish press of the day. Back on Skios, can Fox the im­pos­tor re­ally de­liver a lec­ture on In­no­va­tion and Gov­er­nance: the Prom­ise of Scien­to­met­rics?

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