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On the sunny Greek island of Skios, as its expat community gears up for the social event of the year, a case of mistaken identity sparks a rapid chain of mayhem that threatens to topple the status quo.
PAPERBACKS 1 Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn 2 The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson 3 Gangsta Granny, David Walliams 4 The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce 5 Skios, Michael Frayn 6 Tom Gates Is Absolutely Fantastic (At Some Things), Liz Pichon 7 The Fault In Our Stars, John Green 8 A Game of Thrones: A Song Of Ice And Fire, George RR Martin 9 Peaches For Monsieur Le Cure, Joanne Harris 10 The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year, Sue Townsend HARDBACKS 1 Light, Michael Grant 2 Levels Of Life, Julian Barnes
THE STORY: Handsome young playboy Oliver Fox arrives on the Greek island of Skios for a romantic rendezvous when he accidentally picks up a suitcase belonging to Dr.
"So much of his new novel, Skios, is so expertly written and such genuine fun, it seems ill-mannered to quibble about the dubious premise.
The celebrated author of Noises Off, which coincidentally has a run at Newcastle Theatre Royal when he's in Hexham, will introduce latest novel Skios. Meanwhile the festival also boasts theatre critic Susannah Clapp recalling Angela Carter and actress Phyllida Law - mother of fellow actresses Emma and Sophie Thompson - who will talk about her memoir called How Many Camels Are There in Holland?
? Skios by Michael Frayn (Faber and Faber, pounds 15.99) Best known for the play Noises Off, Frayn's novels are an even greater delight.