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Read it and weep...and laugh and gasp in horror.
on 8 September 2007
This book does not so much "sweep you along" but runs up behind you, kicks your backside with a pointed steel cap boot then grabs you by your belt loops. By the end of the book, if your brain is still functioning properly and you have quelled the sick feeling in your stomach from the offensive stench that is family law, then you will be more than happy to slip your slightly out of condition physique into a lycra suit and march along on the campaign trail with this band of brothers (and sisters).
This style of campaign group and founder (even with all his faults) were a head of their time with ideas, creativity, stunts, humour and PR, and other issue campaign groups could learn a few lessons too.
Forget bland modern history books, schools and colleges should be grabbing this book with both hands as its ticks so many boxes; marketing, pr, design, history, sociology, politics, current affairs. Reviews that claim this book is bland and dull are seriously short of the mark. Its written in full spectrum Technicolor.
What these negative comments about this book seem to miss is that this book could never be a nicey nicey happy ever after book praising every dad who ever made contact with F4J, just look at the subject matter. What's the use of a book and a campaign group designed to raise awareness if the founder hides in a cupboard with his lycra tights and is only ever best friends with everyone he meets. Its these very points that makes this book so good.
This book is designed to pick you up and shake you till the penny drops, the language is controversial, the subject is controversial, the author is controversial but he's got your attention hasn't he!!! Before F4J no one was listening.
This book finds the raw nerve and then scrapes its fingernails down the chalk board just to make sure you were listening the first time. It touches a raw nerve not just for those who for whatever reason are caught up in the injustice of family law but it will have touched a raw nerve with the police, legal system, judiciary and government because they all come out of this book looking like "idiots" at the very best and "down right evil" at the very worst. If these people aren't in the very least a little un-nerved by this book then they really are nothing short of the child-catcher character out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, without the sweets and happy ending.
Jenny is right, just read the book. This book is a jolly good read, pacey, intelligently written, political, socially spot on, controversial, funny, sad, exhausting, frightening, and revealing are just some of the words I would use.