Sons + Fathers - An Anthology of Words and Images


Celebrities and public figures from Bill Clinton to Paul McCartney write about their relationships with their father. A remarkable and touching anthology collated and introduced by award-winning author Colm Toibin.

The perfect gift for Father's Day - Sons + Fathers  tells the stories behind some of the great men of our age through their relationships with their fathers. From writing about memories and special moments, to open letters addressed to their fathers, these essays give readers an insight into otherwise private relationships. Including images and illustrations from the contributors, this exceptional anthology makes a wonderful gift and is highly collectable.


John Banville: "Thinking back on the lives of one's parents can be a dizzying exercise. It startles me to realise that when my father was the age that I am now, he was already long retirered and preparing for his dotage."

Matthew Freud: "I display many of his most deplorable character traits. I also aspire to and occsionally match his best quality as one of the world's great foul-weather friends."

Sting: "I take his hand in mine. I haven't held his hand since I was small. I wonder how much pain he is in. He seems a hundred years old now."

Bill Clinton: "Though I spent my childhood with an idealized image of my father that would in later years be both clouded and enhanced by what I learned, I always missed the most important person I never met."

Bono: "God, how we loved to argue in our family. And he was the best at it."


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About the editor

Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford in 1955. He studied at University College Dublin and lived in Barcelona between 1975 and 1978. Out of his experience in Barcelona be produced two books, the novel ‘The South’ (shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and winner of the Irish Times/ Aer Lingus First Fiction Award) and ‘Homage to Barcelona’, both published in 1990. Colm Toibin's eighth novel 'Nora Webster' will be published in October 2014.



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