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My Father Was a Hero Paperback – 5 May 2005
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as good as anything you will read this year or next -- Sunday Express
A touching tale of the difficulties of being either a father or a son -- Observer
Very moving, wonderfully evocative, challenges our myths about heroism -- Daily Mail
Cole Moreton was a part of the last generation to be brought up on the folklore of the war. His grandfather fought in it, while his father was brought up by his mother alone, during the blitz in London. Their individual experiences had so scarred them that they had stayed strangers to one another and neither ever spoke about their experiences. Then Cole Moreton persuaded both men to tell their painful and harrowing stories. The result is My Father Was a Hero a tender memoir brimming with questions about how families connect and carry their own conflicting histories: a book about war and heroes, fathers and sons.See all Product description
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At the beginning, and viewed from the perpective of an impatient and not particularly grateful or understanding child, the book's title seems ironic. As the story unfolds the irony shifts target and eventually gives way to a delightful and moving celebration of true heroism.
Something of a cautionary tale, this book is both an excellent (and occasionally tearful) read, but also a wake-up call to fathers and sons to talk, hear the stories of the past, offer explanations, kick unrealistic perfectionist aspirations into touch, and savour instead imperfect, authentic, work-in-progress love.