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Tales from the Fatherland

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780349132594

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 7th July 2022

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

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A pause. ‘Ah, Herr Fergusson. It’s Frau Schwenk.’ Our social worker, I now understood. ‘Thank you for getting back to me. I’m calling because we have a little boy, four weeks old, who needs a family.’

In 2018, after the introduction of marriage equality in Germany, Ben Fergusson and his German husband Tom became one of the first same-sex married couples to adopt in the country. In Tales from the Fatherland Fergusson reflects on his long journey to fatherhood and the social changes that enabled it. He uses his outsider status as both a gay father and a parent adopting in a foreign country to explore the history and sociology of fatherhood and motherhood around the world, queer parenting and adoption and, ultimately, the meaning of family and love.

Tales from the Fatherland makes an impassioned case for the value of diversity in family life, arguing that diverse families are good for all families and that misogyny lies at the heart of many of the struggles of straight and queer families alike.