Book Review: With a Father Like Mine


Publisher: SHIHVillage Books $32.99

M.O. Chamberlain has written a memoir that hits the reader between the eyes with its powerful account of what it is like to be the son of an alcoholic.  Reading this book provides the reader some idea of the ramifications of this addiction on all aspects of a Man’s life…


“Having grown up in the crazy, unpredictable world of an alcoholic family, the prospect of things turning to custard did not faze me; I felt at home with it, and, having learned all about adjusting at an early age, I was ready to roll with the punches, only too willing to be flexible and spontaneous with whatever was thrown at me.”


The authors C.V. includes free-lance writing, teaching in Saudi Arabia and being a Probation Worker in Northland.   This book provides valuable insights into each of these professions and provides considered thought as to how things could be done a good deal better.   The author’s strength of opinions are in line with his tenacity for life in general …


“Strange the way pride is able to operate, even in circumstances expected to eliminate it.  We survivors of alcoholic homes are just as good at fostering superior notions as the children of the rich.  Yes, we were denied the good things and lacked advantages, but that gave us pride in believing we were tougher, better able to deal with whatever the world could throw at us.”


The true beauty of this book is the author’s ability to write about his experience of pain and anguish whilst also celebrating his joy of a loving wife. 

Liam Butler

Liam Butler lives in Stoke, the cool part of Nelson. He has been reviewing books, movies and music for a bit of light relief since his student days.

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