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Father Figure by Ann Widdecombe

Father Figure

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Father Figure is an enthralling, thought-provoking novel of modern fatherhood told at a rattling good pace with credible and sympathetic characters. A novel from a politician is often one to be missed but this one is well worth the read. This title is also available as an Audiobook in CD format.

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Father Figure by Ann Widdecombe

Jason Kirk is a thirty-two year old teacher who believes he is happily married until he returns home one day to find that his wife has left him, taking their two young children with her. Suddenly Jason finds the role of father denied to him as he is separated from his children and reduced to the role of visitor.

The law is weighted against him and his wife produces a series of excuses to withhold contact with Jake, eight and Leah, three. Jason, who had wanted to bring his children up to maturity on a daily basis, not only has to face the pain of this loss but endures the misery of persecution by the Child Support Agency. He discovers he is not alone, that among friends and colleagues are others enduring the same situation.


A delight, a very polished read CATHOLIC HERALD Authentic, distressing and unexpectedly touching EVENING STANDARD Authentic, distressing and unexpectedly touching--EVENING STANDARD She writes powerfully about complex moral difficulties--THE TIMES The admirably large cast of characters is well handled; their dilemmas are believable and the narrative makes for compulsive reading--THE TIMES Widdecombe keeps your attention throughout. Her description of the children and their reaction to what is happening, much of which is bewildering to them, is excellently done--SUNDAY TIMES [An] engaging novel ... Widdecombe captures well the sense of loss that Jason feels ... Widdecombe tells the story with rattling good pace and creates credible and sympathetic characters--OBSERVER A delight, a very polished read--CATHOLIC HERALD Authentic, distressing and unexpectedly touching EVENING STANDARD A delight, a very polished read CATHOLIC HERALD

About the Author

Ann Widdecombe
Ann Widdecombe is the MP for Maidstone. In John Major's Government she was Home Office Minister under Michael Howard and was the Shadow Home Secretary 1997-2001. Ann has been writing since she was at school where she won essay prizes.

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Publication date

19th January 2006


Ann Widdecombe

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Orion Publishing Co


368 pages


Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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