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Father Figure Hardcover – 4 Jan 2005

4.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition edition (4 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297829629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297829621
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,753,563 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)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I bought this book totally on spec. Its not often that a politician can write fiction well but Ann certainly can. It always amazes me when a writer can write from the perspective of the 'opposite' sex and get it seemingly right! I really felt for the father in this book and had no sympathy at all for the mother who simply wanted to have her own life away from her husband - if the kids had to come too - well that's just life.
I also felt that I learnt a lot about the CSA and how it deals with absent parents.
I would love Ann to write a follow up - say what has happened in the five years since the end of this book.
I am so impressed that I will be ordering some more of her books!
Well done Ann and keep up the good work.
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What a wonderful book. Ann highlights the plight of a Father abandoned by his wife, who is being made to jump through hoops to see his two children. I only read at bed time but was so stressed for him that sleep would not come. Ann writes with knowledge of how it is and I hated the wife immensely. Pleased with the ending which came without big drama. Well done Ann
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