Jim Cloughley

A Man’s Work Is Never Done
A Novel About Mentoring Our Sons

Book Launch Nov 30, 2011


If you spent any time thinking about the following questions you are not alone:

  • Do you ever feel confused, even overwhelmed, by your role as the bread winner, provider, protector, competitor or warrior?
  • Where do you fit in as a man in the world now?
  • Do you feel angry, resentful and frustrated much of the time?
  • What is expected of you when you think about your home life, your work life and your family life?

Although the characters are fictional, the issues are real. Follow the story of a disillusioned young man in his mid-teens who did not receive the benefit of having a father guide, of the trials of a single mother who struggles with understanding the realm of manhood and of a man who knows how difficult it can be to stay true to himself as a man in today’s world.

Develop skills, learn techniques and uncover the lessons life has to teach so that you can create a life filled with balance and promise, peace and happiness. Live life as a man in today’s world and do it with passion and excitement. The important others in your life will be grateful you did.

Thank you for your support of Jim’s book launch.

Author’s Biography

Jim has worked in the human services field for 20 years. Having done so, he has developed a keen understanding of the differing ways both genders see the world they live in. Some of that time included working with men and women, as singles and couples, whose lives and families had been ravaged by alcoholism and drug addiction.  Having been a single parent for several years, Jim can now add a personal level of experience to the insights he shares in this book.

He is especially proud of his son and daughter and the human beings they have become in the world.

Listen to Jim’s interview with the Marketing Mentress HERE

Listen to Jim on BlogRadio.com HERE

View Jim on “Squareoff” CHCH-TV in Hamilton. HERE

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Read Jim’s interview in the St. Catharines Standard, the whole front page of the Life section. HERE

Interview on “Keep In Touch” www.tvcogeco.com
Week of May 13, 2012 – Niagara – Niagara – TVCogeco

Listen to interview with Peter Tongue


Article in the Port Colborne newspaper “The Welland Tribune”

Jim Cloughley holds the manuscript from his soon to be released book.

Port Colborne author hopes to inspire fathers and sons

There’s a certain guidance only a father can give a son.

For Jacob, who grew up without a father, having an authority figure just wasn’t an option. As a child, Jacob’s father had left the family, leaving his mother to raise him. So when it came to finding someone to look up to, the only option around was his neighbour, Jim, who filled the paternal role in order to bring the 17-year-old teen from boyhood into manhood.

That is the concept of A Man’s Work Is Never Done: The Nuts and Bolts of Mentoring Our Sons, a soon to be published creative non-fiction work by Port Colborne author Jim Cloughley.

“Most women may jump in and say, ‘Excuse me’ when they first read the title,” said Cloughley, who spent 20 years in the field of social work as an addiction counsellor. “I’ve seen lots of kids out there who come from similar scenarios but different circumstances. I recognize that only a father can influence a son into the world.” That conclusion is based on Cloughley’s experiences as a counsellor talking to many young men who he says tell the same story. Using his real life experiences and observations, Cloughley was able to translate them into the tale.

“I was a single parent for many years to a son and daughter,” Cloughley said. “I could never understand what it’s like to be a female, so I couldn’t coach my daughter the right way. I was able to understand and raise my son. I’m proud of both my kids.”

It took Cloughley 14 months to write the manuscript for “A Man’s Work Is Never Done.” He said the book centres around four cornerstones that readers can relate to: criticism of children, anger, relationships and parenting. Cloughley himself is a character in the book. The other three characters are based on composites of real people in his life.

The author said in the last two generations of people he’s noticed a lack of fatherly guides. Cloughley said if boys aren’t brought up by their fathers, they learn about life through their facets such as the Internet, friends or gangs. He said men are confused about the roles they play in the world. Cloughley said men are just as responsible to build the foundations of a family as women.

Cloughley said he hoped his book can inspire others to mentor the younger generation. When the book is published at the end of the year, Cloughley hopes to take the book out on the road on reading workshops and hopes people can learn from it.

Article in Niagara This Week

Lessons from fathers. James Cloughley partially got his inspiration to write A Man’s Work is Never Done: A Novel About Mentoring Our Sons when looking at his model Inukshuk and drawing comparisons between how the Inuit constructions can direct their people and how men can direct their sons toward manhood.

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