Father and son: arguably the most complex of all family relationships.
But what happens when your dad is a manic-depressive who paints the front door in the middle of the night and sends good-wishes to Michael Crawford scrawled on a pair of underpants?
Martin Townsend grew up with a father, Ron, who had suffered recurring mental illness since the early 1950s.
At the slightest emotional trigger, he could turn from a loving and compassionate dad to a restless, dead-eyed depressive or a spiteful, bullying monster.
In "The Father I Had", Martin Townsend, editor of the "Sunday Express", paints a powerful, often painful portrait of life with his dad.
From the soaring, often hilarious 'highs' to the horrific 'lows' of his father's three suicide attempts, he tells a story of pain, courage and resilience and produces a moving and account of a close family nearly torn apart by mental illness.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/04/2008
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9780552155199