This is a collection of responses to the question, "What does fatherhood mean to you?", from poets, journalists and novelists. Does fatherhood, as the poet Michael Hofmann suggests, aspire to motherhood, or is it, as Roger Scruton provocatively argues, something radically opposed? Every father must also be a son and Mervyn Jones writes movingly of Ernest Jones, the father of British psycholanalysis and Noah Richler about the pains of emulating his father Mordecai. Gabriel Josipovici searches for an absent father while Laurie Flynn travels to Scotland and Julian Henriques goes to Jamaica to discover the countries that bred the passions of their now deceased fathers.