Published: 2 October 2006
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 224 pages
And When Did You Last See Your Father?
First published in 1993, Blake Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father? is an extraordinary portrait of family life, father-son relationships and bereavement. It became a best-seller and inspired a whole genre of confessional memoirs, winning the Waterstone's/Volvo/Esquire Award for Non-Fiction and the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. This edition includes a new afterword by the author.
‘A marvellous piece of family literature. He says much about death and dying and more about life and living. Sometimes harrowing, sometimes funny, above all, unforgettably humane’
‘A painful, funny, frightening, moving, marvellous book ... everybody should read it’ Nick Hornby
‘A splendid book ... it leaps with life’
‘Joy and pain are both imminent and distant as the book rocks back and forth between life and death and, while it lasts, it is visceral and real’
‘More than any novel could be, And when did you last see your father? is the once-only, all-or-nothing book of a poet: the life held up so close to one's face that one can smell it, touch it, marvel at the power of words to unlock and unravel, then pour helter-skelter over our heads this magical brainstorm of memories’
‘Tender, honest, angry, loyal, this extraordinary book balances the life, illness and death of a forceful father with the feelings of his independent son’
‘This luminous tribute to a beloved dad made me laugh until I cried and cry till my nostrils were raw. A masterpiece - one of those books that you treasure forever’ Val Hennessy
‘Wonderful, eternally moving... I don't think anyone has ever written better about the relationship between fathers and sons’ Tony Parsons