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Description - The Father I Had by Martin Townsend

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? artin 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 adored by his family and friends to a restless, dead-eyed depressive or a spiteful, bullying monster. n 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 marvellously written account of a close family nearly torn apart by mental illness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552155199
ISBN-10: 0552155195
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 127mm x 29mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Townsend

Martin Townsend has been a journalist since 1979. He worked at Today newspaper and, at twenty-five, became the youngest regular columnist in national newspapers. He worked at You magazine at the Mail on Sunday as showbusiness editor before joining the staff of celebrity weekly OK!, where he became editor in 1998. He has been editor of the Sunday Express since 2001 and is author of a highly popular weekly column, A Word from the Editor. Married with three children, Martin Townsend lives in West London. The Father I Had is his first book.