A Lie About My Father - Burnside Biographies (Paperback)
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A Lie About My Father - Burnside Biographies (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 01/03/2007
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A moving, unforgettable memoir of two lost men: a father and his child.

He had his final heart attack in the Silver Band Club in Corby, somewhere between the bar and the cigarette machine. A foundling; a fantasist; a morose, threatening drinker who was quick with his hands, he hadn't seen his son for years.
John Burnside's extraordinary story of this failed relationship is a beautifully written evocation of a lost and damaged world of childhood and the constants of his father's world: men defined by the drink they could take and the pain they could stand, men shaped by their guilt and machismo.

A Lie About My Father is about forgiving but not forgetting, about examining the way men are made and how they fall apart, about understanding that in order to have a good son you must have a good father.

Saltire Scottish Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099479536
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 235 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Compelling and profoundly moving... This exquisitely written memoir is, literally, a journey into a heart of darkness - a darkness here lit up by beauty and truth - Independent

An exceptional book... A brilliant feat of sympathy and imagination - Financial Times

Burnside's prose is a delight...Memoir this good illuminates something larger than itself. It is an exercise in understanding compassion and forgiveness - Melanie McGrath, Sunday Telegraph

[An] exquisitely written memoir - Paul Bailey, Sunday Times

Destined to become a classic of Scots childhood... A beautiful read, but also a brutal one - Scotland on Sunday

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