DAD: Untold stories of fatherhood, love, mental health and masculinity by Elliott Rae

DAD is a deeply moving and inspiring collection of stories that represent the diversity of modern fatherhood and seeks to start a conversation that challenges the traditions associated with masculinity.

Including 20 powerful and defiant stories about postnatal depression, becoming a new dad during the pandemic, miscarriage, widowhood, stillbirth, co-parenting, childbirth trauma, work-life balance, new dads at work, shared parental leave, being a stay-at-home dad, gay fatherhood and surrogacy, being a stepdad, black fatherhood, raising child of dual heritage, being a single dad, faith and fatherhood, raising a child with autism, gender stereotypes and more.

Each chapter will take you on a journey; you will be immersed in that dad’s world. Underlying each of the dad’s stories is a persistent and driving force of love, defiance, humility and strength to be the best fathers they can be for their families.

This is a ground-breaking book. A movement. Never before have a group of men come together to bare their souls and speak so openly and honestly about their fatherhood experiences. This book aims to encourage better dialogue between colleagues, friends, and especially within families; between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, dads and children.

Our call to action is for more open conversations, like the ones you are about to read.


Elliott is a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) specialist, with specific expertise and passion in Gender Equality and Race.

He is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, one of the most exciting and popular new platforms for men and fathers in the UK, described as the ‘Mumsnet for Dads’ by the BBC.


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