Father’s Day books

image-mediumIt’s Father’s Day this Sunday. Here’s a random list of books exploring father/child relationships!

Non-fiction The footballer who could fly: living in my father’s black and white world by Duncan Hamilton – Inspired by his father’s lifelong devotion to Newcastle United, Duncan Hamilton charts the progress of postwar British football to the present day. But at the heart of the book is his exploration of the bond between father and son through the Beautiful Game and how football became the only connection between two people who were totally different from one another

Dear Lumpy by Roger Mortimer – ‘Dearest Lumpy, I hope you are plump and well. Your mother bashed her car yesterday and chooses to believe it was not her fault.’ Roger Mortimer’s witty dressing-downs and affectionate advice for his daughter Louise (aka ‘Lumpy’).

When did you last see your father? by Blake Morrison – A bestseller translated into several languages and the inspiration for a whole genre of confessional memoirs, this book is an extraordinary portrait of family life, father-son relationships and bereavement

Daughter of bluebird by Gina Campbell -The author, the last surviving member of a remarkable dynasty, will forever be most closely associated with the fatal attempt by her father to break the water speed record in his boat. Here she talks about her life with Donald Campbell as father, early-day ‘celebrity’, and holder of many world records on land and water.

The children of lovers: a memoir of William Golding by his daughter  Judy Golding recalls growing up with the author of Lord of the Flies – a brilliant, loving, sometimes difficult parent – in this frank and engaging family memoir. The years of her childhood and adolescence saw her father change from an impecunious schoolteacher to a famous novelist


The road by Cormac McCarthy.  A father and his young son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men that stalk the road

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon A murder mystery like no other, this novel features Christopher Boone, a 15 year-old who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. When he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered, he sets out on a journey which turns his world upside down

Sons and daughters by Margaret Dickinson. Charlotte is an only child, reared by a brutal father who cannot forgive her for not being the son he desires.