Will Freeman in About a Boy by Nick HornbyRead about another father on the list.
No, not a father as such (at least not to begin with). But Will Freeman is an example to all those who worry that parenthood might be beyond them. At first feckless and lazy, he soon sees the value in his relationship with Marcus and embraces his place in the boy’s life.
Ever the master of men's fiction, Hornby adeptly examines the fear of fatherhood and the responsibility that comes with being a role model in About a Boy, which was turned into a successful film featuring Hugh Grant.
About a Boy is one of Kay S. Hymowitz's five best books on the won't-grow-up modern male.