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March 2019 Non-Fiction: Biography & Autobiography

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Quicksand Tales
The Misadventures of Keggie Carew
By (author): Keggie Carew
9781786894076 Hardcover, Cloth over boards English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General Mar 15, 2019
$38.95 CAD
Active 5.31 x 8.42 x 1 in 272 pages b&w images throughout Canongate Books

Ever been talked into buying a camel? Or become a thief by mistake? Or accidentally drugged a friend on a blind date?

Keggie Carew has an unerring instinct for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, of putting her foot in it, and making a hash of things. From the repercussions of a missing purse, to boiling a frog, or the holiday when the last thing you could possibly imagine happens, Keggie has been there. She also has an enviable talent for recycling awfulness and turning embarrassment into gold. In prose that will make you laugh, wince and curl your toes, Keggie Carew shares her most embarrassing,awkward, uncomfortable, funny, true, terrible and all-too-relatable moments.

You will be glad none of it happened to you.


Keggie Carew has lived in West Cork, Barcelona, Texas, Auckland and London. Before writing, her career was in contemporary art. Keggie lives in Wiltshire, south-west England, with her husband Jonathan. She is the author ofDadland, which won the 2016 Costa Award for Biography.

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Dadland brings to mind Helen MacDonald'sH is for Hawk in the way it soars off in surprising directions, teaches you things you didn't know, and ambushes your emotions.”

"I was so absorbed and moved byDadland I haven't been able to read anything else. It is beautifully written—deft and funny and so tender—but I have also come away knowing more about history, more about dementia, more about men, more about daughters, more about love, family, sheds, diaries, an inquisitive mind and peeing in plastic bottles. I loved it."

"Oh this book. Beautiful and fierce and brave. Memory and war and family and loss and, well, wow."

"TheDadland of Keggie Carew's first book is a vast expanse indeed . . . To understand his military history required archival deepdiving, while plumbing the (relatively) peaceful years involved sifting through diaries and letters, sorting out generations of mismatched marriages (temperament, class), and engaging in capacious acts of empathy and imagination . . . Part memoir, part biography, part military history,Dadland is also a lovingly unconventional elegy for a generation."

Dadland is a rare amalgam: It's a memoir of the days her father Tom Carew spent as one of the dashing, daring "Jedburghs" during World War II . . . The author pieces together a joint memoir/biography that tugs at the heartstrings even as it describes real feats of bravery, such as Tom's parachuting into Occupied France with a tiny team to defy Nazis, and his incredible work in trying to maintain a free Burma."

“Scintillating.”

"Carew's memoir about her father follows a winding, extraordinary path through the thickets of dementia and the jungles of Burma—a thrilling, bloody, educative history of Churchill's Special Operations Executive (AKA the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare) in the second world war combined ingeniously with a tender, moving, funny portrait of the author's father."

"Energetic. . . Carew's vivid narrative takes readers briskly through the horrors and excitement of war, portraying Tom as a vigorous, charismatic soldier fully in his element . . . 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."

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