Richard's grandfather had a childhood of almost unimaginable betrayal and sadness. His family abandoned him as a child to older relatives and emigrated without telling him. He grew up in a miserable situation and without any positive parenting role models yet managed to marry and have a son of his own. Richard's father was aware of his own father's discomfort and occasional frustration and anger, and grew to understand that this was due to his upbringing. He remembers no affection, or endearments from his dad and was packed off to a desolate boarding school in an echo of his own father's betrayal. In a bucking of the family trend, Richard's mother, a Canadian, introduced more loving and demonstrative relationships which Richard has continued with his own son and step-sons.
Both a family story and a wide-ranging look at Britain's evolving social character, Fathers & Sons is a uniquely honest and touching exploration of how our familiesboperate.
©2008 Richard Madeley; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster UK
The story was fascinating although very sad
Richard's grand-dad meeting his brothers on a train after enlisting.
Very clearly read with just the right amount of accents used.
It nearly made me cry on many occasions.
I am not a Richard Madeley fan but this book is excellent.
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