Launch Ticket: Tales from the Fatherland by Ben Fergusson: 6th July 2022 @ 6.30pm

Launch Ticket: Tales from the Fatherland by Ben Fergusson: 6th July 2022 @ 6.30pm

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Join us for the launch of Tales from the Fatherland by Ben Fergusson.

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. It is the first book written about adoption from a queer parenting perspective and is a brilliant blend of heart-warming writing along with a fascinating analysis of how society treats parents and the gender-bias implicit in that.

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, British 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.

Ben Fergusson’s debut novel, The Spring of Kasper Meier, was awarded the Betty Trask Prize and the HWA Debut Crown, and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. The Other Hoffmann Sister and An Honest Man complete a trilogy of novels set in the same apartment block in Berlin at key moments in the city’s twentieth-century history. His short fiction has been published in journals internationally and in 2020 he won the Seán O'Faoláin International Short Story Prize. He also translates from German, winning a 2020 Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation. Ben lives in Berlin with his husband and son.