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Father Figure [Paperback]

Ann Widdecombe
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Book Description

19 Jan 2006

Jason Kirk is a thirty-two year old teacher who believes he is happily married until he returns home one day to find that his wife has left him, taking their two young children with her. Suddenly Jason finds the role of father denied to him as he is separated from his children and reduced to the role of visitor.

The law is weighted against him and his wife produces a series of excuses to withhold contact with Jake, eight and Leah, three. Jason, who had wanted to bring his children up to maturity on a daily basis, not only has to face the pain of this loss but endures the misery of persecution by the Child Support Agency. He discovers he is not alone, that among friends and colleagues are others enduring the same situation.

FATHER FIGURE is an enthralling, thought-provoking novel of modern fatherhood.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (19 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752876929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752876924
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Widdecombe tells the story with rattling good pace and creates credible and sympathetic characters. (Frank Kane THE OBSERVER)

authentic, distressing and unexpectedly touching. (Jane Shilling THE EVENING STANDARD)

Widdecombe is revealed as an accomplished, if sedate, storyteller and also a bit of a romantic. (Ann Simpson THE HERALD)

a fine, bold opening (Bel Mooney THE TIMES)

She has a good eye for detail. (Julia Flynn THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

You certainly want to know what is going to happen and Widdecombe keeps your attention throughout. (Maggie Pringle THE SUNDAY EXPRESS)

there's a certain compulsion to her storytelling. (Clare Colvin THE DAILY MAIL) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Ann Widdecombe's controversial novel about the position of men in today's society

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Father Figure 13 Aug 2008
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A really excellent book that highlights the injustice to Fathers. My own son is going through a divorce and Ann Widdecombe in her book so precisely follows all the stupid excuses a Mother will make to prevent the Father seeing their children. On the other hand, a Father must respect that the Mother also loves the children and they her. In the end Jason, the Father in this book seems to come to terms with this. 'Fathers for Justice' need more books like this to highlight their cause and the gross injustice they can suffer not only from their ex-spouse, but from an unscupulous legal profession who do their utmost to worsen a dispute, and in so doing, enhance their fees.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 26 Jun 2008
Ann Widdecombe must be the only Politican of any party whose got the guts to talk out about the injustices of the UK Family Courts. This book is a great insight into what often takes place when Dad wants to see his kids post separation and divorce and the mother opposes. I would recommend reading FAMILY COURT HELL by Mark Harris too. FAMILY COURT HELL is a real life case of just what can-and does-go wrong in the corrupt family courts.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to the bone, frighteningly realistic 10 Sep 2005
Anne Widdecombe has demonstrated a great understanding of the personal trauma suffered by a father who has had his family torn away from him by the unilateral actions of his wife of over ten years. The story follows father of two, Jason Kirk, as he tries to deal with his separation, pending divorce, and maintain his role as father to his two young children. The story deals with the very real emotions of a man whose whole purpose for living has been taken away, and how the single-minded actions of his wife allow the children's relationship with their father to be seriously jeopardised, by cruel tricks and eventually geographic distance. Miss Widdecombe has effectively represented the tragic experience of many fathers, and their children, and this book hits many a sensitive spot for those who have or are living this family nightmare.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Family Court Hell better.... 12 Dec 2009
A very interesting book by probably the only MP who is genuinely concerned for fathers rights in this country.

After reading this, go check out FAMILY COURT HELL by Mark Harris. That is a real life account of Britain's worst ever access case; 133 hearings before 33 judges, two terms of prison for waving to his kids, all sorted out when the kids ran away to their Dad, it's about as bad as it gets.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and very readable 24 April 2005
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The main character in this novel is Jason, a thirty-two year old teacher. His life is turned upside down when his wife leaves him and takes their two children with her. It`s sad, touching and thought provoking. I just had to go on reading, had to know what happend. A pleasure to read a novel that is so scillfully crafted.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly suprpised 28 Jan 2005
By A Customer
I knew Anne Widdecombe by name (who doesn't!) but had never read her previous fictional works. I was pleasantly surprised by this, not only does Ms Widdecombe have a real flair for story telling, she has also managed to sensitively handle one of today's most topical subjects, the rights of fathers concerning custody of their children - I guess she couldn't avoid a political subject entirely. Even if you have no personal interest in fathers for justice style campaigns, this is a well written book with a plot that ambles along at just the right pace. Not going to win any literary honours, but worth a read none the less.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scarey view of today's society 19 Oct 2008
This is a very well written book which tells a story about how a father deals with life after his children have been taken away from him by his wife, seemingly without him having any idea that there was a problem.
The narrative is all from the father's side so it is natural to feel huge sympathy for him, although I was left with a side of me that wanted to know more about Kat (the wife).
It is frighteningly realistic how the book described the CSA and the various amendments to his payments.
As time progresses, life moves on and a steady truce develops with the families extending.
I did enjoy the book but found that the ending was too far fetched and not written in the same sensible manner as the rest of the novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Widdecombe stuff 11 Mar 2014
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Brilliant quality novel writing and clever manipulation and development of plot which I have come to expect from MIss W
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this book
Published 3 months ago by Linda Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars realisation
This book is written exactly as a man is treated in these circumstances, and it is like lifting a weight that a women acknowledges this in a book, thank you Anne
Published 9 months ago by Michael Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
In this instant society it is great to have some solid quality prose-it panders to one's cerebreal strengths in a kind way
Published 10 months ago by R. H. Ervine
4.0 out of 5 stars A perceptive story of modern life
A very well written, moving story of a father trying to keep in touch with his children, despite his ex-wife's scheming to keep him away.
Published 11 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel
Anne Widdecombe has a depth of understanding beyond many others. This story about the Child Support Agency and the manipulative wife surpasses anything I have read of hers
Published 11 months ago by Christine
4.0 out of 5 stars True to too many!
Not a comfortable read! It made me very sad, almost tearful, and often very angry.
So glad it all turned out for the best.
Published 11 months ago by Bookworm
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
A diatribe against the (admittedly extremely flawed) Child Support Agency. The father figure you could wring out like a soaked sponge, the wife was a cardboard cut out of all the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Snell
5.0 out of 5 stars Ann Widecombe always a good read
Not started reading yet, but I'm sure to enjoy it. Added to my pile of good reads with enjoyment almost guaranteed.
Published 20 months ago by Mrs Monica E Wakefield
3.0 out of 5 stars Ann's book
Not as interesting as her previous books, but a good read and ideal for the kindle as books are easily transportable.
Published on 25 July 2012 by Mrs. J. K. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Painfully Accurate, but...
I was once a separated father and I found this remarkable book painful
reading. It's an original subject, and Ann Widdecombe portrays so
powerfully the prejudices that... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by John Evans
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