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Fathers & Sons Paperback – 5 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (5 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847391060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847391063
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘If you love the Lakes, a good thriller or, better yet, both, you need to read this book’ (Female First on The Night Book)

About the Author

Richard Madeley was born in 1956. He worked on local newspapers before moving to the BBC. He met Judy Finnigan when they both presented a news programme on Granada TV. Their eponymous TV show ran for seven years and was an enormous success. Richard Madeley has four children and lives in London and Cornwall.


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I have been a fan of Richard's TV work for a long time, but i never knew a) what an amazing family history Richard has and b) how well he can write. The book opens with the story of Richard's grandfather when a child, waking up to find he has been abandoned by his whole family, who have moved to Canada to start a new life without him. It's a heartbreaking tale and like so many of the chapters in this book, it almost defies belief. The book is packed with wonderful anecdotes and stories from the past generations of Richard's family all told in that familiar, honest and really engaging way that you expect from Richard. I couldnt put it down and have already recommended to just about everyone i happen to meet!
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I have always thought of Richard Madeley as a super confident, sometimes arrogant go-getter without a thought for others or care in the world. Having seen him on the BBC "Who do you think you are?" and found that programme fascinating and Richard's reaction to his family history so thoughtful and yes, humble, I decided to read "Fathers and Sons". What a revelation! How history repeated itself not once but twice! How good that Richard has been aware of the failings and inexplicable behaviour of his grandfather and father. How understanding and forgiving he is (as they were) of those failings and has managed to avoid repeating them himself with his stepsons and own son.

Another thing that shone through was the strength of the women in the background, loyal to their man and his, at times, irrational behaviour but quietly supportive of their son (in the case of Richard's grandfather, it was his spinster aunt who gave him love and support).

This book is an insight into the raising of children over the past hundred years, how attitudes to that upbringing has changed, how adversity and ignorance could have destroyed two generations if not three. Thankfully, it did not.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and have no hesitation in recommending it to others.
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By Bobby Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2008
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If you like searing emotion and in your face honesty, then this is the book for you. After watching Mr Madeley on the telly, over the last few years, one is struck, immediately, at how his voice comes to mind as you read this book - a sure sign of its authenticity. Relationships between children and parents are often a never ending war of attrition - with a winner, in many cases, not emerging until one has left the family home. All aspects of family life are included in this heart rending autobiography - some good (his genuine love for Judy's children), some bad (his own upbringing). Whatever the subject, though, Mr Madeley brings it to life in his own trademark fashion. The result is an entertaining and thought provoking read. This is the best book on family life I have read since I finished One Love Two Colours: The unlikely marriage of a Punk Rocker & his African Queen, by Margaret Oshindele - another book that dealt with the barbed subject of family relations, albeit with race playing a part as well. In short, this is a book that should be purchased by anyone in the parenthood 'game'.
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I came across this book by accident having seen another book by Richard Madeley, looked at the reviews and decided it was a "must have". Having researched my own family history and come across some fascinating stories I am now interested in reading about others. This was a wonderful peek into the past and how the relationships between father and son developed through the generations. It is an incredibly sad story but told at times with humour. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and like many other reviewers could not put it down. I have now lent the book to a friend who is also unable to put it down. Highly recommended.
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A wonderful book ,beautifully written. This book is heartbreaking in parts and also uplifting in how the human spirit can rise above the most difficult of times.Richards relationship with his own son looks to have broken the pattern .Can not praise this book highly enough, Read it !
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I came across this book by accident when searching for Richard & Judy's book club. I read the reviews which are all amazing and sent the sample to my kindle. Once I'd started reading it, I couldn't stop and as Kindle is so quick and easy to get books, I bought it and carried on reading. I really like Richard's style of writing and how he keeps you wanting more.
Well done Richard !
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A great story, well written. How have we got to where we are and what influences has that had on us? There are many parallels in Richard's story to my own family. I'm going to get my wife to read it so she can appreciate how I act as I do at times and how I can be with my boys.
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I bought this for my mum to read, when she was recuperating after a major operation and was fairly limited to what she could do. She's a fan of Richard Madeley anyway, so I thought she'd like it. She did - really enjoyed it in fact. So much so that I bought 'The Way You Look Tonight' by Richard Madeley, for her to read.
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