Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory


By Keggie Carew

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The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, winner of the Costa Biography AwardKeggie Carew grew up under the spell of an unorthodox, enigmatic father. Memory and war and family and loss and, well, wow’ Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk ‘A thrilling history of Churchill’s Special Operations Executive…


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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