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The Good Father

The Good Father [Kindle Edition]

Marion Husband
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The Good Father explores the nature of fatherhood and the bonds between fathers and their children in a gripping story of love, betrayal and adultery.

When Peter Wright's father dies he leaves his entire fortune to Peter's best friend Jack. Over a few weeks in the summer of 1959 the consequences of the old man's legacy seriously affect three men’s lives.

Jack, who has brought up his three children alone since his wife was killed, Wright's solicitor Harry, who is trying to rebuild his relationship with his estranged son Guy, and Peter himself, whose friendship with Jack is threatened by his father's death and the terrible secrets he has kept since his return from the Japanese POW camps.

About the Author

MARION HUSBAND Winner of the first Andrea Badenoch Prize for Fiction in 2005 for Paper Moon, Marion graduated with distinction and won the Blackwell Prize for Best Performance for the MA in Creative Writing at Northumbria University in 2003. She currently teaches creative writing through the Open College of the Arts and has had poems and short stories published, most recently a pamphlet of poetry about her father and childhood entitled Service. Her first novel, The Boy I Love, was published in July 2005 to much critical acclaim. Marion is 43, married with two children and lives in the Tees Valley.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press (23 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OIB5OU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having had a few short stories published, in 2001 I was accepted on to the MA in Creative Writing at Northumbria University, a two-year, part time course that covered both poetry and prose. In 2003 I graduated with a distinction and won the Blackwell Prize for Best Performance. Whilst I was on the course I finished my first novel The Boy I Love, which was published in July 2005 and went on to the top the Independent Publisher chart on Amazon. Since then I have had three more novels published: Paper Moon, (which won the Andrea Badenoch Award) Say You Love Me and The Good Father (which was long-listed for the Impac Prize). In 2003 Mudfog published a collection of my poetry, Service. At the moment I am working on my fifth novel. I also teach writing at Adult Education colleges and have taught on the MA courses for Teesside, Northumbria and Newcastle universities - teaching writing to students of all abilities and trying to draw out the best in their writing. I am often asked to read my work in venues throughout the country.

The previous paragraph reads as though my writing has always met with success, but of course before those 'few short stories' were published I struggled for many years - writing and destroying a couple of novels, discarding still more after a few pages, sending other novels off to agents and publishers with a great deal of hope and finger-crossing (and other magical thinking). Rejections followed; I'd write some more, give up, cry, start again, cry, start again. To be a published writer demands persistence and I would say a thick skin, but I'm not sure I have one of those, more an ability to get over the disappointments and convince myself that rejections aren't meant personally, however much they hurt. My consolation was (and is - as rejections remain part of my life) that I tried my best, and wrote what I wanted to write about in my own way. I write about relationships, mainly those between brothers and fathers and sons; I write a lot about sexual relationships, too: jealousies and obsessions, adultery and promiscuity. I'm very interested in war, and how men returning from war are treated and how they attempt to fit back into civilian life.

I live near Middlesbough in north east England, am 48, married (since 1985) with two children - Kay, aged 24, and Greg, 23. There's a bit about me on the web if you google my name, including a few reviews of my novels.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 28 Dec 2007
I received the book for Christmas and found it a great read. Not a book I would have picked myself but found I could not put it down once I had started it. What I liked about the book is its fast pace and how well the characters are interwoven and work so well as a group. The book captures the characters really well and in particular Peter and how he handles life after his return from the war. The book does not lie when it says it is a gripping story of love, betrayal and adultery. I would be interested in other peoples view on who they think the good father was? For me it would have to be Jack. Highly enjoyable - recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 13 Sep 2010
This is another wonderful read from Marion Husband. Her characters are well written and draw you in. Her fictional town of Thorp is so familiar it could be my home town. More please
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By Tara
I only read this because it was recommended to me, as I can't say I would have picked it up based on the cover or blurb/synopsis. It's slow to start, but after that, nicely atmospheric and a good read.

Main character Peter is interesting and relatively free from cliche, possibly damaged more from a venomous father than from his terrible war experience. The period was drawn really well, and I felt rooted in it throughout, as if a post-war sepia glaze was over everything. It's not exactly an uplifting book. The characters who try desperately to do right are met with every obstacle possible. The ones that don't are almost without any redeeming features whatsoever. But I think it's a great account of a difficult period which tends to be written about in awfully rose-tinted terms without much truth getting in the way.

There are some reveals which are pretty easy to guess, but I think it adds layers to the book rather than takes away.

Husband's writing style is appealing and she is a good storyteller who can create original characters. This was my first of her books to read, and I would read more in time. However, there was something about the packaging which put me off, as if the book didn't know what it was.
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