The Dad Book


Hopes and Confessions of the Ordinary Father

by : Phil Sparrow

Pages : 134
Publisher : Morning Star Publishing
Dimensions : 148mm x 210mm
ISBN : 9780994470775

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These stories of being a father come from around the world – Cuba, India, the USA, Australia, England, Switzerland, Sweden and elsewhere, but they have in common an honesty about the gift and work of being a father. The Dad Book is not about how to be a better Dad. It’s about being a Dad – the struggles, the regrets, the things we got wrong, and the things we get right. The moments of joy and wonder, the things we learn along the way and the things we’d rather forget. And the things we want to remember.

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Dimensions 148 × 210 mm



Phil Sparrow


Morning Star Publishing


148mm x 210mm



About the author

Phil Sparrow is alternately an aid worker, writer and academic, and always a husband and dad. He and his family lived for many years in Afghanistan, where Phil worked in community development programs, with the UN and with victims of trafficking. He has written for international journals and magazines, worked in various parts of Asia and Africa, and with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. These days, he lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife and three kids. Phil is the author of From Under a Leaky Roof: Afghan refugees in Australia.

1 review for The Dad Book

  1. Tim Costello (CEO of World Vision Australia)

    Phil Sparrow avoids the usual happy-clappy cliches about being a dad and instead gives us a collection of frank stories that don’t shy away from discussing the hard stuff. Written by dads about being dads, it is a down-to-earth book of personally informed stories about, not only the joys, but also the regrets, hurts and the confusion that often comes with the job. There’s a dose of gentle humour, a few confessions of things that could have been better done, a fair bit of hope, and wisdom about what it takes to become a better father and a better man. These are stories that deserve to be widely shared.

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