Fatherhood is in a state of flux. Gone are the simplistic gender roles of yesteryear, the clear divisions between mothers and fathers. More dads than ever before are staying home to be full-time parents to their children; those that work often find themselves part of a working partnership, their kids spending as much time with childminders and nannies as they do with their parents. As society changes its expectations, the question must be asked: what does it mean to be a father?
In Being Dad, 15 contemporary writers – all fathers themselves – explore the highs and lows of fatherhood through 15 new short stories. From protective instincts gone awry to the ghosts of our fathers haunting every parenting decision, these stories shine a light on what it means to be a father in the twenty-first century.
Featuring new stories by: Toby Litt, Nikesh Shukla, Dan Rhodes, Courttia Newland, Nicholas Royle, Dan Powell, Rodge Glass, R.J. Price, Tim Sykes, Lander Hawes, Andrew McDonnell, Iain Robinson, Richard W. Strachan, Richard V. Hirst and Samuel Wright.
Customer Reviews (2)
- ExcellentReview by Bernie Winterton
- This is an excellent range of stories - haunting, elegiac, sad and uplifting. It's not often you get an insight into contemporary masculinity in this way, it makes a change from the usual guns and muscles crap of popular culture and says volumes about where we are and how confused everything is. Read it, it will lift you up. (Posted on 06/04/2016)
- Wonderful short story anthologyReview by TomOxley
15 or so writers of a new short story anthology about fatherhood. Different settings of love, pain and the pain of love from father and offspring. It's a wonderful collection. One story weaves melancholy, ghostly advice entwined with hospital visits. Another has the sting of a rotten tomato in the face - from a mystery figure on a landfill site. There's even inter-family strains through ganga-smoke of rap contests.
The authors' subjects lean to men and boys (as you might expect) but what binds them is the reflective emotional intelligence, a love only explicable in the past. Struck a lot of chords with my own feelings about fatherhood.
I hope one day there is a motherhood version. It's excellent - and I urge you to pop a copy in your bag and savour each story of hope, hurt and lollipops in a Little Chef on the A14. (Posted on 15/03/2016)