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  • Dear Michael, Love Dad

  • Letters, laughter and all the things we leave unsaid.
  • By: Iain Maitland
  • Narrated by: Michael Simkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Dear Michael, Love Dad

By: Iain Maitland
Narrated by: Michael Simkins
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Summary

A wonderfully written account of a father's relationship with his troubled son, as told through his funny, tender letters.

In 2007 Michael Maitland left home for university, and in the years that followed he developed depression, OCD and, almost fatally, anorexia. It was only when Michael was taken to hospital in 2012, his body shutting down and his organs failing, that the family realised exactly what was happening.

Later Iain was given a bundle of letters that had been carefully saved and tucked away in a drawer - the letters he had written to Michael regularly from the autumn of 2007, when he went to university. Dear Michael, Love Dad is a collection of these letters coupled with extracts from Michael's daily diaries from The Priory and behind-the-scenes commentary, exploring the story of a son's descent, a father's ignorance and stupidity and a once joyous family almost torn apart by tragedy.

©2016 Iain Maitland (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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Honest, raw, open and soul destroying!

A fabulous personal experience of a family's journey together battling mental illness.
Whilst there were points where I found myself screaming at Iain in the main I applauded his unfailing honesty.
The ending wasn't as I expected and that pleased me.
Thank you for sharing so openly. I have no doubt that in doing so you will be a great support to those on a similar journey.
Fabulous work.

Love
Zoë

PS. I mean love. Sending you all copious amounts of love and the dreaded hugs xxx

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Parenting mental illness is hard

Interesting perspective of a mental health illness written in an interesting style. I enjoyed the narration and pace of the story. Parenting is hard.

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Beautiful and expressive

Iain Maitland manages to express the depth of his love for his son incredibly eloquently

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