By John Burnside
A relocating, unforgettable memoir of 2 misplaced males: a father and his child.
He had his ultimate center assault within the Silver Band membership in Corby, someplace among the bar and the cigarette desktop. A foundling; a fantasist; a morose, threatening drinker who was once quickly together with his arms, he hadn't obvious his son for years. John Burnside's remarkable tale of this failed dating is a superbly written evocation of a misplaced and broken global of youth and the constants of his father's international: males outlined by means of the drink they can take and the soreness they can stand, males formed by way of their guilt and machismo.
A Lie approximately My Father is set forgiving yet no longer forgetting, approximately studying the way in which males are made and the way they collapse, approximately knowing that during order to have an exceptional son you need to have a very good father.
Saltire Scottish publication of the yr and the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction ebook of the Year.
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