Is fatherhood compatible with a creative life?

It's easy to romanticise being a writer, but the gritty reality of being a dad has given me new resources for my craft

In the history of English letters, men who have found success as writers seem to have a much spottier track record as fathers.

The Romantic poet Lord Byron's rakish ways led his only legitimate daughter, Ada, to be raised with a mathematics and sciences education - her mother did not want her following in her profligate father's footsteps. Ada Lovelace would later become the world's first computer programmer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 17, 2018, with the headline 'Is fatherhood compatible with a creative life?'. Print Edition | Subscribe