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My loud dad, Mick, who makes significant appearances in most of my books, was born in Nottingham in 1949 and lives in the North Nottinghamshire countryside with my mum, their cat George and some toads who sometimes take up residence in his shoes. His catchphrases are "I'VE BEEN UP SINCE FIVE" and "WATCH OUT FOR FOOKWITS AND LOONIES", both of which he says to me every time he sees me - although he does now sometimes abbreviate the latter to "WOFFAL". A few years ago, not long before his 60th birthday, he completed the London marathon, dressed in the outfit of his own fictional superhero. His hobbies include composting, shouting at weathermen on TV, listening to loud African music, watching Dad's Army and chopping firewood. Stories he has told me about firewood recently include this one:

"I JUST FELL IN THE RIVER. I FOUND THIS REALLY BRILLIANT LOG AND TRIED TO TOSS IT ACROSS THE RIVER LIKE A CABER BUT I SLIPPED AND IT DROPPED IN THE WATER AND THE FOOKIN' CURRENT STARTED TAKING IT. BUT I RAN DOWN THE SIDE OF THE RIVER AFTER IT REALLY FAST AND CAUGHT IT UP ABOUT A HUNDRED YARDS AWAY AND MADE A GRAB FOR IT BUT THEN THE MUD SUCKED MY WELLIES OFF MY FEET. THEN I FELL IN AND GOT RIVER WATER ALL OVER MY BEST SOCKS AND NEW GLASSES. I GOT THE FOOKIN' LOG, THOUGH, AND BROUGHT IT BACK. THAT'S THE MAIN THING."

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My Dad Reviewed by Tom Cox on 01:59:00 Rating: 5 My loud dad, Mick, who makes significant appearances in most of my books, was born in Nottingham in 1949 and lives in the North Nottingham...

10 comments:

fifowkes said...

I LOVE MYLOUDDAD. WOFFWAL RULESTHE WORLD!

Lesley Bourke said...

I used to have my own Loud Dad, so it's bloody great to have discovered another one!

Anonymous said...

Your admiration and love for your dad shines through

WeirdCat said...

I don't have a loud Dad but I have a very inappropriate at all the worst times Dad which is just as bad for me or entertaining for his grandchildren

clingycat said...

Hi Tom, I follow you so closely on Twiiter that I was astounded the greater world did not know about your latest book. Doing my bit I did recommend it to an independent book store, staffed by cat lovers. My husband than bought it for me from another independent bookstore & I believe my local library service now has copies on the shelf too.
Just a suggestion - chances are not a new one. Benjamin Law, an Autralian writer, (I live there) is very funny just like you, & also has a hilariously inappropriate parent, when his mum speaks the masses follow. Any chance of your dad doing engagements with you, or on a calmer note, your mum teaching people to block print The Bear?
Don't underestimate the value of your parents in promotion.
I'll step up my work asking for your books in stores & rearranging shelving so you are prominent where stocked.
Thank you
Carolyn =^..^=

stormrose thornwitch said...

I love reading about your Dad; he's so much like my husband except for the composting fetish. My husband always talks in capitals and swears like a bad-arsed trucker/biker should, calls a nob and a fookwit a nob and a fookwit and has a massive affinity with all animals. Our nickname for him is The Bear- he's big and hairy and, like your Dad, has frequent crashing and knocking-things-off incidences - we avoid China shops obviously.Despite his size 14 Doc Martined feet with their own sense of direction, our 6 rescue cats adore him

Emma Fountain-Hewitt said...

My son recently tried to impress his new girlfriend by quoting WOFFAL at her she didn't get it so we force fed her the good the bad and the fury on audio book..that'll learn her ;-)

SVBC Blog said...

I've been reading all of your books now, out of order of course, and your dad constantly cracks me up. What a fantastic photo of the man behind the loud voice!

Jac Russell said...

I love that dad of yours, and have three crazy cats,could we be related, maybe by cats?

Jane Barnes said...

Tshirts! You need tshirts that say "Watch out for fookwits and loonies" :)