Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and read Russian, French, and Moral Sciences (Philosophy) at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He began his career as a journalist on the Manchester Guardian and the Observer. Democracy is the fourteenth of his plays, which include Noises Off, Copenhagen, and Wild Honey (adapted from Chekhov's untitled play). Frayn has done a number of translations, mostly from the Russian. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning (in the United States, Against Entropy), The Trick of It, A Landing on the Sun, Headlong, and Spies. He has published two selections of his columns, The Original Michael Frayn and The Additional Michael Frayn. He is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin.