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by John Burnside

Author: John Burnside
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Graywolf Press; First Printing edition (May 1, 2007)
Pages: 336 pages
Category: Fiction and Literature
Rating: 4.2
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A Lie About My Father book.

A Lie About My Father book. Lies about everything, great and small, were the very fabric of my world. The lie in the title of astonishing memoir Lie About My Father is born of shame.

John Burnside's extraordinary story of this failed relationship is a beautifully written . A moving, unforgettable memoir of two lost men: a father and his child. He had his final heart attack in the Silver Band Club in Corby, somewhere between the bar and the cigarette machine. A foundling; a fantasist; a morose, threatening drinker who was quick with his hands, he hadn't seen his son for years. Saltire Scottish Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

JOHN BURNSIDE has published five works of fiction and nine collections of poetry, including The Asylum Dance, which won the 2001 Whitbread Poetry Award. Beautifully written, sensitively observed - a father-and-son memoir. I could see from the prose the man is a poet

JOHN BURNSIDE has published five works of fiction and nine collections of poetry, including The Asylum Dance, which won the 2001 Whitbread Poetry Award. I could see from the prose the man is a poet. I loved the reflections on 'disappearing', the wildness we seek to find. One person found this helpful.

For six years after his father was arrested there was contact via letters smuggled out of Abu Salim prison (where the majority of Qadaffi’s political prisoners were detained). Then in 1996, the letters stopped. In what I can only describe as an inverse echo of our stories, in 1996 I was writing to my father to tell him to not contact me, precisely as the Abu Salim massacre-in which it is likely Matar’s father was executed-was taking place. One son desperate for a father’s safe return; another son desperate to break off all communication.

Blake Morrison is impressed by John Burnside's truly original memoir, A Lie About My Father. Miserabilist memoirs of childhood are two a penny these days

Blake Morrison is impressed by John Burnside's truly original memoir, A Lie About My Father. Miserabilist memoirs of childhood are two a penny these days. From Angela's Ashes to A Child Called It, from The Looked-After Kid to Just a Boy, the tale is always a sorry one, inviting pity and outrage in equal measure: read how I was starved, beaten, abused, neglected, picked on and/or tortured - and yet survived, against the odds, to tell the tale.

A Lie About My Father (2006) has the cover appearance almost of a misery memoir (an impression . Burnside’s title, by contrast, has multiple meanings.

A Lie About My Father (2006) has the cover appearance almost of a misery memoir (an impression not aided by the additional blurb between title and author on my copy: A moving, unforgettable memoir of two lost men: a father and his child). What saves it is that title: odd, rhythmic – a marker of the author as a poet – perhaps like a hardened version of John Mortimer’s A Voyage Round My Father. Misery memoirs, by contrast, have a sometimes comical aspect to them. The book begins with him travelling in America and picking up garrulous hitchhiker, Mike, who talks about his father, Martin, and then asks about Burnside’s.

John Burnside's extraordinary story of this failed relationship is a beautifully written evocation of a lost and damaged .

John Burnside's extraordinary story of this failed relationship is a beautifully written evocation of a lost and damaged world of childhood and the constants of his father's world: men defined by the drink they could take and the pain they could stand, men shaped by their guilt and machismo.

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Nobody has to take anybody in, it’s always a choice, never only an obligation.

Nobody has to take anybody in, it’s always a choice, never only an obligation take me in that day, when I turned up in Cambridge in my shirtsleeves, with nothing but loose change in my pocket. I met him in Belinda’s, the day after I left home.

John Burnside (born 19 March 1955) is a Scottish writer, born in. .2006 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award for A Lie About My Father. 2008 Cholmondeley Award.

John Burnside (born 19 March 1955) is a Scottish writer, born in Dunfermline. He is one of only three poets (the others being Ted Hughes and Sean O'Brien) to have won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the same book (Black Cat Bone). His multi-award winning memoir, A Lie About My Father, was published in 2006 and its successor Waking Up In Toytown, in 2010. A further memoir, I Put A Spell On You combined personal history with reflections on romantic love, magic and popular music.

My father told lies all his life and, because I knew no better, I repeated them. Lies about everything, great and small, were the very fabric of my world.The lie in the title of astonishing memoir Lie About My Father is born of shame. Traveling around upstate New York in the nineties, John Burnside can't bear to share the truth about his father during a casual conversation with a hitchhiker. He covers his uneasiness with a lie. It felt natural to do so.

His father, abandoned as a baby on a stranger's doorstep, created a masterful web of deceit to erase this unbearable fact. John, even as a child, represented everything that was wrong with the world and became the recipient of his father's selfhatred in the form of enraged violence, and worse, petty, cruel belittlement. Growing up in the tough working-class neighborhoods of Scotland and later England, John learned to lie back to his father and, later, about his father.