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My Father Was A Hero: The true story of a man, a boy and the silence between them Hardcover – 24 Jun 2004
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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
About the Author
Cole Moreton was born in East London in 1967. His first book which was shortlisted for the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize was Hungry for Home: A Journey from the Edge of Ireland. He now lives in East Sussex with his wife and four children.
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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.