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Frayn, Michael, Travels with a Typewriter (London: Faber and Faber, 2009).

A hugely entertaining collection of Michael Frayn’s travel writing from the sixties and seventies, including pieces on Germany, Cuba, Israel, Japan and Russia.

In mid-career, Frayn took up his old trade of journalism, and wrote a series of occasional articles for the Observer about some of the places in the world that interested him. He wanted to describe ‘not the extraordinary but the ordinary, the typical, the everyday’, and his accounts became the starting point for some of the novels and plays he wrote later. From a kibbutz in Israel to summer rains in Japan, bicycles in Cambridge to Notting Hill at the end of the 1950s, they are glimpses of a world which sometimes seems tantalisingly familar, sometimes vanished forever.


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