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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,709 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JOHN PILKINGTON on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dads of the UK on 26 Jun. 2008
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Thomas on 10 Sept. 2005
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By broken home child on 12 Dec. 2009
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2005
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janie U VINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bates on 16 Jan. 2014
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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
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