“As children, my brothers and I dreaded nothing quite as much as a solo drive with my father. His ability to say precisely not one thing to us during an entire journey of several hours was breathtaking”
These paternal experiences, with contributions from a wealth of major names in the arts, are ‘a medley of happiness and heartache’ - Sunday Times
If you were asked to write about your father, what would you say?
Florence Welch, Paul Weller, Nina Stibbe and the sons and daughters of Ian Dury, Johnny Ball, Roy Castle, Leonard Cohen and many others relate the quirks, flaws and quiet heroisms of their dads. By turns funny, tender and heartbreaking, My Old Man offers a unique opportunity to reflect on our own relationships with our dads - who they really are, and how we come to understand ourselves through them.
“Poignant and often moving”
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“Timeless … An eclectic group of men, young or old, but not quite gone: lingering still in words and memories”
“A medley of happiness and heartache”
“It’s the open acknowledgement of dads as flawed - but still loved and mostly admired - that makes this collection of short tales of fathers so moving”
Ted Kessler was a staff writer and editor at NME throughout the 1990s and has been at Q since 2004, where he is currently the magazine’s features editor. He has also written for the Observer, Guardian, New Statesman and many other publications. Ted lives in London with his partner and their two children. www.myoldman.org @TedKessler1