Catherine Talbot A Good Father


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Des is a good husband, a good father - a good man.

He encourages his wife's artistic endeavours, reads bedtime stories to his children every night, and holds down a well-paid job.

But appearances can be deceptive. His wife seems to be forgetting that her art is for his eyes only. Rumours at work are threatening his reputation as a devoted family man. And his kids don't seem to need him as much as they once did. Des is afraid.

Afraid of the world encroaching on his home.

Afraid of past mistakes catching up with him.

So afraid of losing control over his family that he is contemplating the unthinkable.

A Good Father is a dark and gripping novel that takes you into the mind of a man on the edge.

About the Author

Catherine Talbot lives in Dublin with Dara and their two young children. Catherine is a recent graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where she completed an MPhil in Creative Writing. She has had several short stories published, in Banshee Literary Journal and the anthology Still Worlds Turning. A Good Father is her first novel.

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'This intricately made novel marks the debut of a writer from whom, and of whom, we shall be hearing much in coming times'
- John Banville

'Captivating . . . Readers will come for the premise and stay for its clever unpacking. What makes an ordinary man kill his family? In this multifaceted story, we come close to comprehending the incomprehensible'
- Irish Times

'A marvellous book, sharp and chilling, compelling and frightening. I gulped it down in hours . . . I have never read anything like it'
- Carlo Gebler

'A great read, it's gripping, at times disturbing'
- Miriam O'Callaghan, RTE Radio 1

'Psychologists always identify the cowardice of such men, who would hurt the ones who love and depend on them the most. Talbot absolutely nails this element, deftly unpicking the psychology of this damaged father'
- Sunday Times


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