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Martin Townsend has been a journalist since 1979. He worked at Today newspaper and, at 25, became the youngest regular columnist in national newspapers. He joined You magazine at the Mail On Sunday as showbusiness editor. In 1996 he was head-hunted to join the staff of celebrity weekly OK! becoming editor in 1998. He has been editor of the Sunday Express since 2001 and is author of a highly-popular weekly column, A Word From The Editor. Martin is married with three children and lives in West London. The Father I Had is his first book.
A great practical solution for every active moth enthusiast - a concise guide with all the illustrations of the classic Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland (Waring & Townsend 2009). The concise descriptions written by leading moth experts of almost every species known to have occurred naturally in Great Britain and Ireland (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands) are opposite the stunning colour plates, making this the perfect identification guide to use when identifying macro-moths in the field.
Father and son: arguably the most complex of all family relationships. But what happens when your dad is a manic-depressive who paints the front door in the middle of the night and sends good-wishes to Michael Crawford scrawled on a pair of underpants? Martin Townsend grew up with a father, Ron, who had suffered recurring mental illness since the early 1950s. At the slightest emotional trigger he could turn from a loving and compassionate dad to a restless, dead-eyed depressive or a spiteful, bullying monster. In The Father I Had, Martin Townsend, editor of the Sunday Express, paints a powerful, often painful portrait of life with his dad. From the soaring, often hilarious 'highs' to the horrific 'lows' of his father's three suicide attempts, he tells a story of pain, courage and resilience and produces a moving and account of a close family nearly torn apart by mental illness.