My father Leonard Co­hen: singer and tuna salad ex­pert

The Sunday Telegraph - - NEWS - By Han­nah Fur­ness be­low, pic­tured My Old Man: Tales of Our Fa­thers

ARTS COR­RE­SPON­DENT LEONARD CO­HEN’S son says his fa­mous father makes the “best tuna salad I’ve ever had”, Sir Rod Ste­wart con­cedes that he and his father would ar­gue re­lent­lessly over foot­ball, while Cold­play singer Chris Martin,

cred­its his father with him his “front­man” traits.

Wel­come to the world of celebrity and its re­la­tion­ship with fa­ther­hood.

Co­in­cid­ing with Father’s Day to­day, new book

con­tains a se­lec­tion of celebrity trib­utes to fa­ther­hood.

Adam Co­hen writes of singer Leonard: “I’ve had a very nor­mal re­la­tion­ship with my father, with the ex­cep­tion that he’s ter­ri­bly well known and, so it is said, one of the most im­por­tant writ­ers in his do­main.”

Sir Rod says of his father Bob: “He giv­ing wasn’t a man of many words, but he was ex­tremely lov­ing... He was a good dad. I loved him.” Tilda Swin­ton, the ac­tress, re­veals how her father lost his left leg in the war and how she se­cretly films him in the gar­den, while Paul Weller, the singer, also paid mov­ing trib­ute to his father and for­mer man­ager John, call­ing him his “best friend”. “He was very sup­port­ive of me; one of those dads that what­ever I was into he’d be right be­hind me,” said the for­mer front­man of the Jam. “When I was into foot­ball he got a foot­ball team to­gether, even though I was the worst player on the pitch.” The new book is edited by Ted Kessler and in­spired by a blog of the same name. Con­trib­u­tors also in­clude Florence Welch, Nina Stibbe, Tim Burgess, Shami Chakrabarti, Richard Haw­ley and the sons and daugh­ters of Ian Dury, Johnny Ball, and Roy Cas­tle. The book is out now.

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