on 9 July 2000
This is a thoughtful discussion of the link between fathers and their children, recommended by the pressure group Families Need Fathers. Burgess believes that over many centuries, fathers have come under pressure from political and religious authorities to maintain distance from their children. But she maintains that the historical record of how *actual* fathers felt shows that many were deeply involved in their children's upbringing. The book is engagingly written and contains many moving excerpts and examples. It discusses how the link might be strengthened in the future. Burgess suggests that the attitude of the feminist movement towards the committed father has been equivocal at best. However, she does not call for a return to the authoritarian 'masculinity' of the past.