The Tin Men

By Michael Frayn


The Tin Men is a novel by Michael Frayn, published in 1965. It won the Somerset Maugham Award the following year.

It concerns the lives of workers at William Morris Institute for Automation Research. This is itself a joke as William Morris was all in favour of hand-working. Goldwasser is working on the automation of newspapers and has invented UHL (Unit Headline Language) to this end. This consists of taking standard headline words and creating headlines from them. Examples such as “Strike Threat Probe” and “Lab Row Looms” produce sentences that everybody recognises but nobody can explain the meaning of.


Published date: January 1, 1965
Type: Books
Genre: Fiction, Humor

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@LittleVole Love that book!