Bono, Colm Tóibín, Paul McCartney and Salman Rushdie are among the big names contributing to an anthology about sons and fathers, as part of a joint venture between Hutchinson and The Irish Hospice Foundation.
Jason Arthur, publisher of Hutchinson, Heinemann and Windmill, agreed a joint-venture deal with The Irish Hospice Foundation for world rights, excluding Ireland, in the book, titled Sons + Fathers.
Literary agent Ed Victor took the book to Penguin Random House and it will be edited by writer and editor Kathy Gilfillan.
The book was inspired by U2 lead singer Bono [pictured] donating drawings he made of his father towards the end of his life to raise money for the Hospice Foundation. The book will include a foreword from Bono and an introduction by Tóibín.
Writers who are contributing to the anthology include John Banville; Roddy Doyle; Paul Auster; Joseph O’Connor and Salman Rushdie. Other famous men, such as Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul McCartney, Bob Geldof, Alistair Campbell and President Bill Clinton also feature in the book.
Arthur said: “Not only is this a fascinating insight into the special relationship between a son and his father, but also a truly remarkable collection of writings and pictures from an utterly astonishing array of prominent sons.”
Parts of the profits from the book will go towards The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Nurses for Night Care Programme, a service which provides free nursing care at home to people with a non-malignant terminal illness, and towards Hospice Africa Uganda, founded by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr Anne Merriman.
Hutchinson will publish Sons + Fathers in hardback and e-book in May 2015 ahead of Father’s Day.