A Lie About My Father, Paperback

A Lie About My Father Paperback



A moving, unforgettable memoir of two lost men: a father and his child.

He had his final heart attack in the Silver Band Club in Corby, somewhere between the bar and the cigarette machine.

A foundling; a fantasist; a morose, threatening drinker who was quick with his hands, he hadn't seen his son for years.

John Burnside's extraordinary story of this failed relationship is a beautifully written evocation of a lost and damaged world of childhood and the constants of his father's world: men defined by the drink they could take and the pain they could stand, men shaped by their guilt and machismo.

A Lie About My Father is about forgiving but not forgetting, about examining the way men are made and how they fall apart, about understanding that in order to have a good son you must have a good father.

Saltire Scottish Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Biography: literary
  • ISBN: 9780099479536



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