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Fatherhood then and now

Ian Hargreaves, David Kershaw and Clive Stafford-Smith on how their experience of fatherhood differs from that of their fathers

By Prospect   March 2011

(Above) David Kershaw with his father. To read Matthew Taylor’s article on the government’s radical paternity leave reforms, click here

David Kershaw, 56 Chief executive of M&C Saatchi

My relationship with my own father was episodic but hugely enjoyable. I was eight when my parents divorced. I went to boarding school a year later and lived with my mother during the holidays.

My father was a bringer of excitement and treats. A serial and cyclical entrepreneur, in the good times he would take us to the most exotic restaurants in London. Peer-group brownie points were scored when I was the…

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