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A Good Father Reviews

A Good Father by Catherine Talbot

A Good Father

Catherine Talbot

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1 review

Imprint: Penguin Ireland
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 25 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781844884841
3 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
5 Mar 2021

"a confident and compelling debut"

Talbot prefers to focus on the present; commendably she doesn’t look to explain away his behaviour. But the pedestrian details of domesticity can feel repetitive, as does the carping about his responsibilities and, particularly, his wife’s relationship with an underdrawn ex-boyfriend. In place of a plot, we get the inside of one man’s mind, but there is too much of what Des feels in any given scenario, which drags the pace at times. More interesting would have been to go deeper into his disordered eating, a storyline not often seen in a male character.

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