The Good Father
by Marion Husband
1959 was for Britain a year in limbo. London had not yet begun to swing; women were more at ease since The New Look and National Health, but deprivation of all sorts haunted the memory, and abundance was slightly tinged with guilt. Only now did the world fully realise how dearly peace had been achieved. No one comes back untouched from any war, and in 1959 ex-servicemen still felt their scars. THE GOOD FATHER is set in these tender years, and Marion Husband's protagonists are not spared.
When Peter Wright returns from long years as a Japanese prisoner of war he is not expected to live. Released at last to return to his home he finds his father (a widower for most of Peter's life) more drunken and hateful than ever, and his girlfriend married to his best friend. The father is near the end of his life, and to Peter's relief he does not need to be looked after for very long, but little does Peter suspect what havoc the sadistic old brute can wreak from beyond his grave: his malevolence is reflected in the clues he leaves in his strange will to heartbreaking family secrets which should have died with him.
The nature of love, sex and fatherhood is deeply explored in this powerful and spellbinding novel about three families recovering from World War II. In this story of young men trying their best to put back together the broken pieces of family life lies much authenticity which is still relevant today.
Review by The Punters Book Group, Cambridge