The Good Father, Paperback
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When Peter Wright's father dies he leaves his entire fortune to Peter's best friend Jack.

Over a few weeks in the summer of 1959, the consequences of the old man's legacy affect three families, Jack's, who has brought up his three children alone since his wife was killed, Wright's solicitor Harry who is trying to rebuild his relationship with his estranged son Guy, and that of Peter himself, whose friendship with Jack is threatened by his father's death and the terrible secrets he has kept since his return from the Japanese POW camps. "The Good Father" explores the nature of fatherhood and the bonds betweens fathers and their children in a gripping story of love, betrayal and adultery.




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This was a reading group book and I wasn't enthusiastic to read it and nearly didn't. And yet stuck with nothing else in easy reach I started it and before I know it I'm a third through and finish it the next day. It is surprisingly good. It is SO not my usual fare but I really enjoyed and even had a little cry at the end. The characters are well written. Peter in particular, suffering from what would be now called post traumatic stress, both from an appalling childhood and 5 years as a Japanese POW, is fascinating.

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