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Some of the world’s best known men including President Bill Clinton, actor Gabriel Byrne and all of the members of rock group U2 are part of a special new Irish Hospice Foundation book celebrating the unique relationship between sons and fathers.
International writers, actors, artists, musicians, politicians and entrepreneurs make up the star-studded cast contributing to Sons+Fathers which is available to buy online now and in all good bookstores. The book has remained in the bestsellers list since the launch and came out on top as the best selling non-fiction hardback at the end of June.
The global book of words and images was inspired by U2 lead singer Bono who donated tender drawings he made of his father towards the end of his life. These formed the foundation of this remarkable anthology of personal contributions.
While the words and images are mainly of the fathers they are also revealing about the authors, their sons. There is a powerful introduction to the book from Irish writer Colm Tóibín.
The brilliant cast from the world of film and stage who are contributing includes John Boorman; Daniel Day-Lewis; Gabriel Byrne; Neil Jordan; Paul Cusack and Colin Farrell. Musicians include all of the members of U2, the bands former manager Paul McGuinness and his son Max; Paul McCartney; Bob Geldof; Julian Lennon, and Gavin Friday. Writers include John Banville; Roddy Doyle; Robert Fisk; Paul Auster; Mick Heaney; Colum McCann; Joseph O’Connor and Salman Rushdie. From the political world there are contributions from President Clinton, Alastair Campbell and Bobby Shriver.
The book is edited by writer and editor Kathy Gilfillan, a director of the Lilliput Press.
The Park Hyatt hotel brand supports the Sons + Fathers’ project as its major worldwide sponsor. Hyatt has ordered 10,000 books to be placed in the guestrooms and suites of 34 Park Hyatt hotels around the world, including the newest additions Park Hyatt Vienna and Park Hyatt New York.
“When we were approached to support this book through Bono we jumped at the opportunity. It will provide our guests with a rare and intimate look into that special father and son relationship of some very well-known people, including one within our own Hyatt family,” said Katherine Melchior Ray, Vice President of Luxury Brands for Hyatt. “The Park Hyatt brand was invited to contribute its own founding story by our Executive Chairman, Tom Pritzker. In the book, he shares the legacy left by his father and Park Hyatt founder, Jay Pritzker, who has inspired our brand through his business acumen and appreciation for art and will continue to serve as inspiration for years to come.”
Ardagh Group has sponsored the Irish printing of Sons+Fathers.
Irish Hospice Foundation CEO Sharon Foley said the book is a compelling mix of words and images from the world’s most famous men which explores the unique bond that exists between sons and fathers.
“Bono planted the seed for this book with his generous gift of the drawing he made of his father when he was dying. He asked if they could be used to raise money for The Irish Hospice Foundation, so we decided on a book, and the net was cast wide and far. We were blown away by the response and generosity of the participants, all who are very busy, well-known people.”
The proceeds of the book will go towards The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Nurses for Night Care Programme, a service which provides over 1,400 nights of free nursing care at home annually to people with a non-malignant terminal illness.
Part of the proceeds will also go towards Hospice Africa Uganda founded by the inspirational 2014 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr Anne Merriman who did her medical training in Dublin.
Ms Foley said the IHF believes everyone has the right to a good death and that includes access to excellent palliative care. “It should be available to anyone with an incurable illness regardless of age and condition in a hospice, at home or a residential care setting. The proceeds from the book will help us in our mission”.
The book is being published by Penguin Random House and Hospice Press and is available to buy now