And what sorrows he had to share with the fathers in the Spirit Bar last night. He may well be famous. He may well have won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book that was translated into 11 languages before being made into a film Captain Corelli's Mandolin, but he still lost his children.
Even having his work praised by woman who flocked to his touching book and film, he was not praised by the Family Court when his beloved nailed him to the floor of the Court.
He told us his tale.
"Father's Day has become a day of sorrow and anger for many because family courts treat men like 'sperm donors'"
here were many times when I felt suicidal. One of the most extreme things you feel is a fantastically deep, bitter, anger at being treated so outrageously."
"In schools nobody tells boys that fathering is the most important and responsible thing they will ever do, nor that, when done well, fatherhood bestows upon you the deepest, most satisfying and fun relationships of your life.
'The only explanation for this neglect is terror of the political incorrectness of offending single mothers, and the general mythologising of fathers as irrelevant and feckless abusers."
'The worst thing, practically, was finding the house so quiet, because it was always so full of laughter and rampaging and stampeding.
'There was always a lot of noise and fun, and it suddenly went quiet.
'The emotional desolation is hard to describe."
Meanwhile the TV was on in the background with a couple of 'the usual suspects' evading the problem of the Family Court by blaming 'Deadbeat Dads' and asking for more support for the 95% of single MOTHERS. Not that they are called 'single mothers in such a subject but rather Single PARENTS, as though men were equally represented.