The Father I Had

The Father I Had
Author(s): Martin Townsend


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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. 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 account of a close family nearly torn apart by mental illness.

'I laughed and cried at Martin Townsend's touching account of a son's embarrassment, fear, pleasure and love in his relationship with his father who was a manic depressive' - Jenni Murray, Woman's Hour.

  • Read by: Stuart Crossman
  • No. of CDs: 10
  • ISBN: 978-1-84648-272-4
  • Playing time: 12hrs 10mins