The Father I Had (Paperback)
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The Father I Had (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 07/04/2008
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Father and son: arguably the most complex of all family relationships. But what happens when your dad is a manic-depressive who paints the front door in the middle of the night and sends good-wishes to Michael Crawford scrawled on a pair of underpants? Martin Townsend grew up with a father, Ron, who had suffered recurring mental illness since the early 1950s. At the slightest emotional trigger he could turn from a loving and compassionate dad to a restless, dead-eyed depressive or a spiteful, bullying monster. In The Father I Had, Martin Townsend, editor of the Sunday Express, paints a powerful, often painful portrait of life with his dad. From the soaring, often hilarious 'highs' to the horrific 'lows' of his father's three suicide attempts, he tells a story of pain, courage and resilience and produces a moving and account of a close family nearly torn apart by mental illness.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552155199
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 314 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"I laughed and cried at Martin Townsend's touching account of a son's embarrassment, fear, pleasure and love in his relationship with his father ... A powerful indictment of a society that still fails people who have a mental illness." * Jenni Murray, Presenter, Woman's Hour *
"Sad, even tragic, but leavened with such affection and humour that laughter keeps breaking through the tears. A lovely hymn to family love." * Terry Wogan *
"A compelling read that makes you laugh as well as ache ... a vivid snapshot of life in suburban Britain in the early '60's." * Woman & Home *
"An acutely written and deeply felt portrait." * Daily Express *
"Down to earth and amusing ... reveals the compassion and strength of a child growing up in the shadows of mental illness. This book should bring comfort and encouragement to the hundreds of families who contact SANE still feeling excluded and alone." * Marjorie Wallace, Chief Executive SANE *

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