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By John Burnside

A relocating, unforgettable memoir of 2 misplaced males: a father and his child.

He had his ultimate center assault within the Silver Band membership in Corby, someplace among the bar and the cigarette desktop. A foundling; a fantasist; a morose, threatening drinker who was once fast along with his fingers, he hadn't noticeable his son for years. John Burnside's remarkable tale of this failed courting is a fantastically written evocation of a misplaced and broken international of adolescence and the constants of his father's global: males outlined via the drink they can take and the soreness they can stand, males formed by means of their guilt and machismo.

A Lie approximately My Father is set forgiving yet no longer forgetting, approximately studying the best way males are made and the way they collapse, approximately knowing that during order to have a superb son you want to have a very good father.

Saltire Scottish ebook of the yr and the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction booklet of the Year.

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As a student teacher, I was given some of the roughest classes, the remedial groups who were told to take drama as a way of not having them in another lesson that they would disrupt. There was very little I could actually teach, and my main job was just to keep them in the room by whatever means possible. For one group, I had a lesson plan that somehow involved post offices (don’t ask), in which they had to set up a post office for themselves. I knew this class and I knew it was going to be tough.

I went back upstairs. Still empty cot. I’m now not just looking for the baby, but looking for evidence that we’ve even had a baby. Perhaps there simply was no baby, and if I asked Ade where the baby was, he would look at me the way they looked at Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight. I went back to our bedroom and sat on the bed. As I did so, I put my hand on the duvet at the very end of the bed and felt a small lump. I pulled the duvet away and there she was. Freya. Asleep. Perfectly alive and happy and asleep.

I went back upstairs. Still empty cot. I’m now not just looking for the baby, but looking for evidence that we’ve even had a baby. Perhaps there simply was no baby, and if I asked Ade where the baby was, he would look at me the way they looked at Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight. I went back to our bedroom and sat on the bed. As I did so, I put my hand on the duvet at the very end of the bed and felt a small lump. I pulled the duvet away and there she was. Freya. Asleep. Perfectly alive and happy and asleep.

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