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Towards the End of the Morning [Kindle Edition]

Michael Frayn
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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One of Frayn's classic novels beautifully repackaged.

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'A sublimely funny comedy about the way newspapers try to put lives into words.' Spectator

Michael Frayn's classic is set in the crossword and nature notes department of an obscure national newspaper during the declining years of Fleet Street, where John Dyson dreams wistfully of fame and the gentlemanly life - until one day his great chance of glory at last arrives.

'Towards the End of the Morning certainly keeps you laughing, but the jokes illuminate the characters and their destinies with a clarity that makes you miss a heartbeat after the laughs.' The Times

'The most delightful, sophisticated novel: Michael Frayn is probably England's funniest writer.' New York Times

'A gem of a comic book. It's a brilliant, fast game of poker with the author holding all the best hands.' Vogue


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571225578
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction; New edition edition (8 Jan 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9YCS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny and worth reading 24 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'm a journalist and although the world Michael Frayn describes is long gone, there were some moments of recognition even now. Fellow hacks will absolutely love the description of the press trip (and much else), but this isn't just a book for those in the trade: rather, it's a minor classic in the grand old tradition of British farce. Michael Frayn is extremely good at slipping in to other people's voices and the main character, Dyson, is one of the few literary examples of journalist as everyman. Read it, you'll love it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant comic novel 24 Jan 2001
By Pirlo
Format:Paperback
Whilst the journalists have left Fleet Street and the Lunchtime O'Booze is a thing of the past, this book feels very contemporary in its description of London: the middle class professional buying property in a destitute 'up and coming' area, the lure of television, and the tedium of work.
Brilliantly written- economical, trenchant, extremely funny. Justifiably compared to 'Scoop'
Highly highly recommended (in fact, better to my mind than 'Headlong')
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun.... 21 May 2011
By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had forgotten how funny Michael Frayn's writing could be. Towards End of the Morning is a comic novel set in a newspaper office in the 1960s - a cross between The Observer and The Guardian. Much of the story is very funny - the pre-TV programme meal could have been straight out of Monty Python - but there are also some dark undertones of ambition, job security and jealousy. Frayn is very prescient about celebrity culture and the middle-class angst about getting one's children into the "right" school.

In many ways this book is "a blast from the past". Mrs Mounce recommends the wearing of a roll-on, suitcases have no wheels, flat-dwellers shared a bathroom, and it was not the done thing to have your girlfriend stay overnight. All that, and the non-stop smoking and drinking, make it very much a period piece.

An odd thing is how little work anyone seems to be doing....I did wonder how any newspaper actually got printed and out for sale. There are some sympathetic characters but others are truly appalling. Comparisons have been made with Waugh's Scoop - and rightly so.

Great fun.
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic comic Fleet Street Novel 14 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Written in 1967 (at that time, the present day), the book is set in a Fleet Street which no longer exists. Wapping has long since superseded Grub Street, both in work practices and in technology. Frayn, in hindsight, gives us a fascinating insight into newspaper journalism as it was, not as it is now.
The setting is a monolithic and nameless Fleet Street Daily. Dyson, 40's, a married, mortgaged dreamer and father of two, is head of a backwater covering nature notes, crosswords and "yesteryear". His staff is Bob, an aimless 29 year old single graduate and old Eddy Moulton, nearer the end of his days than he realises and compiler of the "100 Years Ago This Day" column.
Dyson dreams of recognition, wider success and celebrity status but seems unable to escape the lethargy of the work, despite attempting occasional, febrile bursts of it. Bob's chief office activity is eating toffees from a bag in his desk and writing vacuous love letters to his young girlfriend Tess at her finishing school. Eddy spends his days poring over yellowed back numbers and lives wholly in the past.
Life has continued in this way for aeons. What little work done is confined to the late morning, before the staff repair to the pub for the obligatory journalistic liquid lunch and gossip with the other staff hacks. The editor, a distant, shadowy figure, has never been seen by anyone. He communicates, Howard Hughes - like, by note. At one point, he attempts to sack the pictures editor, the embittered Reg. Mounce, using an unsigned memo. Reg., believing this to be a joke perpetrated by his peers, ignores his dismissal, carries on with his job and is still employed weeks later.
The afternoon passes in the customary beery trance until the deadline approaches.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Towards the End of the Morning 31 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
Light hearted look at the newspaper industry when Fleet Street was the main hub of this enterprise. The story follows the hopes and ambitions of John Dyson, who tired of being stuck in some dreary office compiling crossword puzzles and other mundane information, dreams of recognition, fame and fortune. The themes of the novel centre on John's relationships with his wife Jannie and his work colleagues Bob Bell and Eddy Moulton. Dyson is invited to appear on television in a debate about differing cultures and he sees this as his golden opportunity to fame and fortune. His wife and friend Bob are not so convinced and the interplay between the three give some of the humour to the book. There are other minor characters (Mrs Mounce and Tessa being two) who add to the overall story giving it many amusing turns. I will admit that the novel is not all 'laugh out loud' humour but it is still an enjoyable light read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's All in the Title 23 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
An incredibly precocious novel, written by the then 31 year-old Frayn, yet displaying the insights and technique of writers 30 years his senior. A bitter-sweet story (its essence captured in the title) about people who make life far too hard for themselves, peppered with laugh-out-loud set pieces that show Frayn testing the waters for later works like 'Noises Off' and 'Clockwise'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully evocative
With the current British penchant for all things nostalgic, this book hits exactly the right spot. Welcome to the World in black and white, where beer was 4d a pint!
Published 2 months ago by Mike Dolphin
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun "fly on the wall" view of Wall Street journalism
Enjoyed this easy read. It was quite dated but I have often found that with Michael Frayn's previous books, that's not to say they are bad, just "of their time".
Published 3 months ago by Manda Moo
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I expected it to be like Scoop, which I loved, but it wasn't nearly so funny or engaging. The characters were frankly irritating. I hope they weren't based on real people. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jeannie
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent and amusing book
Michael Frayn's usual mixture of eccentric characters being thrust into circumstances beyond either their control or understanding works well in this book, with their various... Read more
Published 5 months ago by JOSEPH MORRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars The true reflection of the journalist's work
Am recommending this book to everyone. As a journalist myself in the 1950's/60's it is so wonderfully and frighteningly true.
Published 9 months ago by gillian pridham
5.0 out of 5 stars if you dont read another book read this
I am not a avid book reader but driving home one day I heard on the radio Richard Osman of pointless fame recommend it, I was not

disappointed one of the funniest books... Read more
Published 10 months ago by griff wainwright
3.0 out of 5 stars The luck of the draw
If you expecting another "Headlong" or "Spies", then forget it. This is a ramble down Fleet Street and it is as desultory as a drunken hack. Read more
Published 10 months ago by wrinkled weasel
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
I read this book following discussion about it on Radio 4. I was quickly immersed in the story and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Published 10 months ago by Mr David A West
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining novel
This was recommended on Radio 4's 'A Good Read'. It was new to me but, as I enjoy the author's dramas, I gave it a go. Read more
Published 11 months ago by NEIL
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
I really enjoyed this book. I did not find it a 'farce' as described on the back of the book, but a good, amusing holiday read.
Published 12 months ago by Beeb
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