Gert has long considered writing a book called My Horrible Father. It is a venerable genre stretching back at least to the Old Testament God. Then there are many horrible fathers in fairy tales who lock their children up, abandon them or sell them.
Shakespeare did a nice line in the horrible father, King Lear being one who combines many of the prototypical characteristics of vanity, solipsism, emotional vampirism, and that worst of all failings in a father, what Gert’s mother used to call “making a show” of his children in public. Dickens specialised in the weak and/or treacherous father with a noble daughter who loves him in spite of it. We have had fathers who abuse their children sexually, drunk fathers, shiftless fathers, childish fathers, religious fathers, hypercritical fathers, and Gert’s favourite, charismatic lying fathers.
Your favourite books in this genre? There is a prize of a return bus ticket to Nar Nar Goon for the most interesting suggestion.
Forthcoming in our survey of literary genres:
Silly old me (Thank God)
A shoebox on the highway
I spend a lot of time in the boxroom (short stories)
Death – it makes you think