by Paul Connolly
Twenty of Australia’s brightest and funniest writers share the joys, hazards and mysteries of fatherhood and how we all relate to ‘dad’.
The shape of the family tree has changed irrevocably in recent decades, and there is no such thing as a ‘typical dad’ anymore (though dad jokes like cockroaches, never seem to die). From the grim archetype of the emotionally distant father to the bumbling man-child who’s a pair of underpants away from being an ape, there has never been more freedom for men to choose what sort of dad they want to be. Or, for that matter, so many opportunities to stuff it up.
Powerful, hilarious and touching, Father Figures features …
Anson Cameron, Tony Birch, James Button, Barry Dickins, Gideon Haigh, Richard Hinds, Dominic Knight, Malcolm Knox, Benjamin Law, Kate Legge, William McInnes, Mischa Merz, Paddy O’Reilly, Kerryn Phelps, Angela Pippos, Nick Place, Ben Pobjie, Sami Shah, Tracey Spicer, Tony Wilson.
‘This is a marvellous book. Written from the perspectives of daughters, sons and fathers, this book provides great insight into the joys and hazards of fatherhood.’
‘The pieces are well written, beautifully edited, and often laugh-out-loud funny. All told, this is a heartwarming collection. One to buy for the father figure in your life – whomever that may be.’ BETTER READING