Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory


By Keggie Carew

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The author 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. As his memory began to fail, she embarked on a quest to unravel his story. In this book, she tells his story.


31 May 2017


Read as part of Gloucester Book Club. This is an interesting biography about Keggie Carew's father, Tom, who was part of Special Operations in WWII. Keggie paints a picture of a man who loved adventure, was at his happiest when he was doing his own thing in the French countryside helping the Resistance, and then in the Burmese jungle fighting the Japanese. The biography gives the reader lots of information about the war in Burma, perhaps too much for some, especially when you just want to gallop forward to finding out about Tom and what he does after the war. He struggles to fit in to ordinary life, and his relationships suffer. Sadly, he develops dementia in his old age, and the snapshot of his life when he can no longer remember is touching and well written. It is clear that Keggie loved her Dad, and looked up to him as a larger than life character. Recommended!

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