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Saturday, June 20 2015

Despite what you may have heard, I’m not the world’s leading expert on Father’s Day. My own father died seventeen years ago and I didn’t see that much of him for a number of few years before then. I can’t remember buying him socks or cigars every June, or making him a card from paper and pasta shells and bringing him breakfast in bed. Until I looked it up on the Internet I wasn’t even sure where to put the apostrophe. Was it your father’s day or everyone’s fathers’ day? A day for just the one dad or all the dads? It’s Father’s by the way, although when it was first founded at the start of the twentieth century – because there was already a Mother's Day and the men were no doubt feeling left out and moaning about it, probably Rick Wakeman or Jeremy Clarkson, one of those blokes, always complaining about how there isn’t an International Men’s Day or a White History Month, even though there is an International Men’s Day and every month is White History Month – back then the apostrophe came after the s. Somebody moved it. Clarkson or Wakeman again I imagine. Or Lynne Truss.

In parts of Germany Father's Day is called ‘men's day’ (Männertag) or ‘gentlemen's day’ (Herrentag), when groups of men go on hiking tours with hand pulled wagons full of wine and beer and they get drunk, leading to alcohol related traffic accidents trebling on Father’s Day in Germany. Presumably from all the pissed up dads riding their empty carts back home. Maybe they go hiking to get away from all the films about the war that are on the television because it’s Father’s Day (Vatertag).

I’ve been a father myself for twenty-seven years – yes it is hard to believe I know, I moisturise – and I enjoy the sweets and chocolates and the fruit based shower gel that my daughter gets me. And obviously Father’s Day is a day that I’m guaranteed to spend with my daughter. Which is great. In my book h‘The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81’ , Frank’s daughter lives five and a half thousand miles away from him in Los Angeles and so he doesn’t get to see her on Father’s Day. She usually sends him a card, or if she forgets she’ll ring or she’ll write him an email apologising for not having sent a card or ringing. Frank wouldn’t admit that his daughter not being there with him in person bothers him at all but I know that he thinks that Father’s Day without your children is fairly pointless. If my daughter ever moves thousands of miles away from me I’ll buy a hand pulled wagon, fill it up with booze and go hiking and get drunk until it’s all over.

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Thursday, February 26 2015

Coventry Libraries and Schools Library Service are celebrating their 9th year of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards. The awards were launched in October with the aim of getting the whole family and the whole community reading.

For the adult promotion, this year, Readers Groups and librarians have chosen 6 books from a longlist, as Coventry’s Best Reads of the Year and we are really pleased to tell you that ‘The Extra ordinary Life of Frank Derrick age 81’ has been chosen as one of the books for Coventry readers to comment on and celebrate on our website.


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