Humane, wise and funny letters to Peter's children; a blueprint for liberal, thoughtful living in the modern world.
As his 50th birthday dawned, Peter Dunne had a life-changing conversation with a friend and realised that, while he may not have invented the internet or found a cure for cancer, he had nonetheless fathered three remarkable and beautiful children.
Inspired by that fact, he set out to leave a trail of metaphorical breadcrumbs for them, so that if they ever needed to know what their father might have had to say on a particular subject, it would be set down for them.
The result is a book of letters from a father to his children, and though the stories are firmly set in a place and time, the themes and the tone are universal and timeless. From Compromise to Compassion, from Democracy to Sacrifice, THE 50 THINGS explores the social mores and morality of our time and tries to answer the eternal questions that line the path to peace of mind.
This book is that rare thing: a non-preachy and super-helpful guide. Every page made me smile and some laugh aloud.
Humane, funny and above all loving. I wish I'd written it to my children.
Few exude the love warmth, humour, humility, and insightfulness we all aspire to, as naturally and generously as Peter Dunne and I can't recommend the soul-warming experience of reading his wonderful blog-born, hence uncontrived, book highly enough.
This is a book for the ages. As you read it, you think why didn't somebody do this a long time ago? Every father should have it and every child should read it.