Song For My Father

‘Song For My Father breaks your heart then puts it back together, often with the kindness of strangers. Clayton unearths the poetry of the everyday and his journey makes us re-evaluate our own. A rare thing, a book that makes us laugh, cry and question.’ – Alice Nutter

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ISBN: 978-1901927627
Extent: 288
Editor/s: Ian Clayton

Author: Ian Clayton

Signed and Numbered Edition of 500 in Hardback – £15. This edition will not be available through bookshops.

What happens when you only know your dad when you’re a young boy and then, one day, when you are middle-aged, he phones to say he’d like to see you again before he dies?

In the space of one year, Ian Clayton makes a voyage around China, America and his father to ponder the familiar questions: Is blood thicker than water? Does it matter who teaches us so long as we learn? How do we let go of something that we never really had in the first place?

With characteristic storytelling, wit and good humour, Ian Clayton reflects on a lifelong search for a father figure, skipping across the generations to weave a tale of how we relate, what we do with what we’ve got and what happens when some things just don’t work out the way we want them to.

‘Another humble masterpiece from our finest accidental social historian. Ian Clayton writes with such natural warmth, humour, joyous attention to detail, and – above all – humanity, that I, as a lesser writer, ought to chuck my laptop in the bin.’ – Andy Kershaw

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Ian Clayton

Ian Clayton has been a jobbing writer, storyteller and broadcaster for over 30 years. His stories are about making sense of where we come from. He has written three memoirs: Bringing It All Back Home about his love of music; Our Billie about loss; and Song For My Father about his asbsent father and a life-long search for a father figure. Right Up Your Street is the first volume of his weekly columns written for Pontefract and Castleford Express.

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