Dadland

Winner of the 2016 Biography Costa Book Award

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2017

Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. For most of her adult life, Keggie was kept at arm’s length from her father’s personal history, but when she is invited to join him for the sixtieth anniversary of the Jedburghs—an elite special operations unit that was the first collaboration between the American and British Secret Services during World War II—a new door opens in their relationship. As dementia stakes a claim over his memory, Keggie embarks on a quest to unravel her father’s story, and soon finds herself in a far more consuming place than she had bargained for.

Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer, a law unto himself. As a Jedburgh he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance first against the Germans in France, then against the Japanese in Southeast Asia, where he won the moniker “Lawrence of Burma.” But his wartime exploits are only the beginning. Part family memoir, part energetic military history, Dadlandtakes us on a spellbinding journey, in peace and war, into surprising and shady corners of twentieth-century politics, her rackety English childhood, the poignant breakdown of her family, the corridors of dementia and beyond. As Keggie pieces her father—and herself—back together again, she celebrates the technicolor life of an impossible, irresistible, unstoppable man.

Editorial Reviews

“Energetic…Carew’s vivid narrative takes readers briskly through the horrors and excitement of war…Carew’s evocative blend of biography and memoir maintains a warmly clear-eyed tone while taking the full measure of dysfunctional and disappointed lives…A scintillating portrait of Britain’s Greatest Generation at war and uneasy peace.”

Publishers Weekly

Reader Biography

Robert Bathurst is an English actor who played David Marsden in five seasons of the series Cold Feet and the title role in My Dad’s the Prime Minister. In addition to his other television credits—which include The Stepfather, White Teeth, The Safe House, Goodbye, Mr Steadman, and Hornblower—he has also appeared many times on stage in such productions as The Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, and Alarms and Excursions.

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