How's Your Dad?

Embracing Failure in the Shadow of Success
by Mick Channon Jnr & World
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Publisher: Raceform

Publication Date: August 26, 2016

ISBN: 9781910497029

Binding: Kobo eBook

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A failure at most things but not storytelling, this is Mick Channon Jnr's finest book to date. This is also his first book. Framed within the tribulations of a turbulent year in a racing yard, How's Your Dad? examines the relationship between a father and son. Michael Channon Snr, an arthritic workaholic and "grumpy old bastard, played football at the highest level for over twenty years, scoring crucial goals for the likes of Southampton and England. Almost uniquely, he followed up this sporting career with another, scaling the heights of the racing game. Michael Channon Jnr had plenty to live up to and despite enjoying the benefits of such a heritage he felt that pressure, as well as the relative anonymity of always being 'Mick's son'. Vividly and often humorously told, this story is balanced with dramatic, atmospheric flashbacks to a youth often misspent. As a boy Michael Junior is led out on to the pitch at Wembley, as a student he finds himself in intensive care, succumbing to his drunken state and the dangers of a roof, and as a TV producer he loses direction, until returning to his father's side. Rigidly old fashioned, absurdly short tempered, Michael Snr fosters a love/hate relationship but in caring for his father in the aftermath of a horrendous car crash Michael Jnr poignantly uncovers the hidden feelings every son has for their Dad.