Dadland

£8.99

Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. As his memory begins to fail, she embarks on a quest to unravel his story and get to know who her father really was. Tom Carew was a left-handed stutterer, a maverick and a law unto himself. As a member of the Jedburghs, an elite SOE unit, he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise resistance in France, then Burma, in the Second World War. But his wartime exploits are only the start of it, and Keggie soon finds herself in a far more astonishing and consuming place than she had bargained for. ‘Dadland’ is a manhunt. Keggie takes us on a spellbinding journey, in peace and war, into surprising and shady corners of history, her rackety English childhood, the poignant breakdown of her family, the corridors of dementia and beyond.

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Discover a daughter’s journey into her father’s past in this Sunday Times bestseller and winner of the 2016 Costa Biography Award.

Keggie Carew grew up under the spell of an unorthodox, enigmatic father. An undercover guerrilla agent during the Second World War, in peacetime he lived on his wits and dazzling charm. But these were not always enough to sustain a family.

As his memory began to fail, Keggie embarked on a quest to unravel his story once and for all. Dadland is that journey. It takes us into shadowy corners of history, a madcap English childhood, the poignant breakdown of a family, the corridors of dementia and beyond.

‘OH THIS BOOK. Beautiful and fierce and brave. Memory and war and family and loss and, well, wow’ Helen Macdonald, bestselling author of H is for Hawk

‘A thrilling history of Churchill’s Special Operations Executive… combined ingeniously with a tender, moving, funny portrait of the author’s father’ Nick Hornby, Observer

Additional information

Weight 0.402 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 13 × 3.1 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

415

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

941.085092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K