Published in November 2015 issue of Prospect Magazine
Memoir-writing is enjoying a renaissance. A new approach to the traditional dissection of familial relationships was sparked by the success of Helen Macdonald’s award-winning H is for Hawk. Adam Mars-Jones’s meandering memoir paints an affectionate but slightly dispassionate portrait of his father, a distinguished high court judge.
His father’s career was defined by a series of high profile victories including a case against Bond creator Ian Fleming who was accused of plagiarism, but his battle with dementia proved unwinnable. While some might find it jarring that Adam Mars-Jones places himself so centrally in the narrative, it spawns one of the most moving passages where he describes coming out to his homophobic father.