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Fathers & Sons Kindle Edition

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'In his poignant, new book, Fathers & Sons, TV idol Richard Madeley reveals that he suffered physical abuse at the hands of his father, and talks openly about his failed first marriage, before finding love and fatherhood with Judy Finnigan. Richard was able to halt the pattern of violence that afflicted three generations of Madeley men, being an exemplary father to his own son, Jack' Woman 13/10 'Richard Madeley has entered the homes and hearts of millions of people. But Hannah Stephenson discovers a complex family history worthy of Dickens's most fantastical novels' Press Association 'The betrayal and abandonment of Madeley's grandfather when he was just 10 years old reads like the beginning of a Victorian melodrama and its ramifications echo down the generations, blighting the relationships between fathers and sons for nearly a century' Daily Express 10/10 'This isn't autobiography at all -- it's therapy. And after reading Geoffrey Madeley's story, a few theatrical anecdotes -- even one that involve James Bond's wee man -- seem rather tame' Celebrity Autobiography round-up, Sunday Times 12/10 'RICHARD'S HORRIFYING FAMILY SECRETS -- Richard Madeley has always been a cheerful chap, but behind his sunny exterior lies a sad family past' Bella 2/10 'Madeley's surprising book, Fathers & Sons, traces his family tree through the male line -- the silent betrayal of his great-grandfather Henry, the quietly repressed Geoffrey, his own loving but violent father, and finally Richard the journalist and television presenter who could talk for England and for whom nothing is a no-go area. As much as anything, the books is a reflection of how times have changed, from a Britain that bordered on the feudal, to the buttoned-up 50s, to the emotional incontinence of today' Guardian Magazine 4/10 'On screen, it's often the puppyish, gullible part of his persona that so riles his critics. But his swift and magnanimous pardoning of his father, detailed in the book, show a real inner strength and grace' The Scotsman 'One of the most unusual and well-written celebrity memoirs we've ever read' Boyd Hilton, Heat Magazine 25/10 'A surprisingly skilled writer...he constructs a very personal and touching view of how families develop through the generations' Independent 15/11 'Lost love, abandonment, abuse and thwarted dreams -- it's all here in the TV presenter's account of four generations of Madeley men. Most moving is the grandfather's tale: he awoke one day to find his entire family had emigrated to Canada without him, leaving him as payment for their passage. Madeley lays to rest the family ghosts -- and there are many -- in this penetrating memoir. Gosh, the man can write' Daily Mail, Books of the Year 28/11 'A soapy account of four generations of Madeleys that spans a century and the Atlantic Ocean. His grandfather... was heartlessly left behind when his family emigrated to Canada. His fluke of a reunion with his brothers during the First World War is straight out of the movies. Richard, the future chat-show host, doesn't appear in shot until page 148, but he tells his story vividly and fluently' Christmas Books, Sunday Telegraph 30/11 '[Madeley's] book is good by any standards. He would probably have sold more copies had he gone down the autobiographical route, so he deserves credit for attempting instead an ambitious, almost novelistic interweaving of his father and grandfather. Small anecdotes, such as Madeley's childhood discovery of a trunk containing a jar of foil "money" made by his great-uncle, who died at the age of four and whose name was never spoken - "don't mention John" - contain a wealth of poignancy' Christmas Books, Daily Telegraph 29/11 'Lost love, abandonment, abuse and thwarted dreams 0 it's all here in the TV presenter's account of four generations of Madeley men. Most moving is the grandfather's tale: he awoke one day to find his entire family had emigrated to Canada without him, leaving him as payment for their passage. Madeley lays to rest the family ghosts - and there are many - in this penetrating memoir. Gosh, the man can write' Christmas Books, Daily Mail 28/11 'Richard Madeley has at least proved he can write. Fathers & Sons is a candid and moving portrait of his relationship with his father and his own children' Xmas Gifts, Express 19/12 'Madeley's memoir, Fathers and Sons, was also published in paperback last week. In it, he discloses the hardships that have blighted three generations of Madeley men. His grandfather was abandoned as a 10-year-old -- the rest of his family emigrated to Canada without telling him -- a traumatic event that would ultimately lead to the eight-year-old Madeley being beaten by his own emotionally stunted father' Sunday Telegraph 10/5 'Richard Madeley is in control of the reader's emotions from the start of this book...Compulsive and moving' Evening Standard 21/5 'Richard and Judy are often patronised. Yet, the best written and most dramatic celebrity memoir published last year was not by Dawn French or Paul O'Grady, who topped the bestseller lists, but by Richard Madeley, who didn't. His is a riveting story of cruelty perpetrated by three generations of fathers on their sons - starting with a 10-year-old son abandoned as his family emigrates to Canada - and ending with Madeley's own, who beat him mercilessly' Telegraph 30/5 'Madeley is a cracking storyteller. Here, he tells us about his grandfather, who was abandoned by his family, and his father, who was sporadically violent. Madeley tracks the damage through the generations; it's compulsive and moving' 'Summer's Best Paperbacks', Evening Standard 9/7

About the Author

Richard Madeley was born in 1956. He worked on local newspapers before moving to the BBC. He met Judy Finnigan when they both presented a news programme on Granada TV. Their eponymous TV show ran for seven years and was an enormous success. Richard Madeley has four children and lives in London and Cornwall.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (6 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040ZN2WE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 147 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have always thought of Richard Madeley as a super confident, sometimes arrogant go-getter without a thought for others or care in the world. Having seen him on the BBC "Who do you think you are?" and found that programme fascinating and Richard's reaction to his family history so thoughtful and yes, humble, I decided to read "Fathers and Sons". What a revelation! How history repeated itself not once but twice! How good that Richard has been aware of the failings and inexplicable behaviour of his grandfather and father. How understanding and forgiving he is (as they were) of those failings and has managed to avoid repeating them himself with his stepsons and own son.

Another thing that shone through was the strength of the women in the background, loyal to their man and his, at times, irrational behaviour but quietly supportive of their son (in the case of Richard's grandfather, it was his spinster aunt who gave him love and support).

This book is an insight into the raising of children over the past hundred years, how attitudes to that upbringing has changed, how adversity and ignorance could have destroyed two generations if not three. Thankfully, it did not.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and have no hesitation in recommending it to others.
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I have been a fan of Richard's TV work for a long time, but i never knew a) what an amazing family history Richard has and b) how well he can write. The book opens with the story of Richard's grandfather when a child, waking up to find he has been abandoned by his whole family, who have moved to Canada to start a new life without him. It's a heartbreaking tale and like so many of the chapters in this book, it almost defies belief. The book is packed with wonderful anecdotes and stories from the past generations of Richard's family all told in that familiar, honest and really engaging way that you expect from Richard. I couldnt put it down and have already recommended to just about everyone i happen to meet!
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A wonderful book ,beautifully written. This book is heartbreaking in parts and also uplifting in how the human spirit can rise above the most difficult of times.Richards relationship with his own son looks to have broken the pattern .Can not praise this book highly enough, Read it !
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By Bobby Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2008
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If you like searing emotion and in your face honesty, then this is the book for you. After watching Mr Madeley on the telly, over the last few years, one is struck, immediately, at how his voice comes to mind as you read this book - a sure sign of its authenticity. Relationships between children and parents are often a never ending war of attrition - with a winner, in many cases, not emerging until one has left the family home. All aspects of family life are included in this heart rending autobiography - some good (his genuine love for Judy's children), some bad (his own upbringing). Whatever the subject, though, Mr Madeley brings it to life in his own trademark fashion. The result is an entertaining and thought provoking read. This is the best book on family life I have read since I finished One Love Two Colours: The unlikely marriage of a Punk Rocker & his African Queen, by Margaret Oshindele - another book that dealt with the barbed subject of family relations, albeit with race playing a part as well. In short, this is a book that should be purchased by anyone in the parenthood 'game'.
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I came across this book by accident when searching for Richard & Judy's book club. I read the reviews which are all amazing and sent the sample to my kindle. Once I'd started reading it, I couldn't stop and as Kindle is so quick and easy to get books, I bought it and carried on reading. I really like Richard's style of writing and how he keeps you wanting more.
Well done Richard !
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A brilliant read - I enjoyed every bit of it. Did not expect to as have read a previous Richard Madeley book and did not enjoy at all.
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Loved this book! did not want to put it down! wanted to read, read and read until I finished it in one sitting!! Very well written and I have recommended this book to everyone I know!! I can relate slightly to the story as my mother left me and my brother when we was small but we were with our dad and not with a strange uncle in a strange house!! I couldn't begin to imagine what was going through his head that morning when he woke up and all his family were gone - very sad!!
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I came across this book by accident having seen another book by Richard Madeley, looked at the reviews and decided it was a "must have". Having researched my own family history and come across some fascinating stories I am now interested in reading about others. This was a wonderful peek into the past and how the relationships between father and son developed through the generations. It is an incredibly sad story but told at times with humour. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and like many other reviewers could not put it down. I have now lent the book to a friend who is also unable to put it down. Highly recommended.
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