Dadland

A Journey into Uncharted Territory
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
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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 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 member of an elite SOE unit he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance in France, then Burma, in the Second World War. But his wartime exploits are only the start of it....

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. As Keggie pieces Tom - and herself - back together again, she celebrates the technicolour life of an impossible, irresistible, unstoppable man.

Foreword and afterword read by the author.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying photographs will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Keggie Carew (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Touching Story

I enjoyed this all the way through and found it increasingly enjoyable as it progressed. Tom - the father of the author - was a flawed character; but a character he was, which is more than you can say for many individuals. The charm of the story is in the writing which is one of a daughters love for her father. I think many elderly men might dream of this as they reach their dotage. Ensuing dementia is a cruelty for anyone but for Tom something he learned to live with through extensions of his own idiosyncrasy. This is not a literary work but an emotional journey for those who are touched by neurological decline and old age.

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  • silverlinings
  • 02-03-19

Wonderful story

Writer has done a mountain of relevant research, but the story shines through. The author is wise, honest, funny and kind - good to spend time with her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-17

Fantastic!!!

A beautiful, well written book - full of emotion, history, human insights and above all of love!!! With happiness and sadness I enjoyed every page and with a tear in my eye I write this review. Thank you Keggie for telling us about Tom and your family.

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  • peter50
  • 07-10-17

Interweaves brilliantly the past and present

What made the experience of listening to Dadland the most enjoyable?

The unfolding story of dementia told with regret together with the discovery of Dad's past told with enthusiasm and excitement.

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  • Alison B
  • 03-04-19

Excellent

I loved this book. What a well documented family making for an interesting listen. The descriptions transported me everywhere and the narration was the best I’ve ever heard. I’m just sad it’s finished. Highly recommend.

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  • Timmiry
  • 08-14-17

Superb

I loved every moment of this audiobook. A reviewer has written that the book was too long, but I wouldn't have missed a word of it. Better still, the reading is fully up to the superb, funny, heartbreaking story. Thank you, Peggy Carew.

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  • J. Prothero
  • 01-14-20

A joy

This was a delight - touching, insightful, often funny but also poignant.

5* toKeggie Carew and Pippa Howard for her wonderful reading

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  • Jonathan Edwards
  • 01-13-20

harrowing and we'll written

love it. awesome story. very well researched! Very interesting account of a families battle with dementia whilst simultaneously the family try to find their loved ones past

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  • Butterflug
  • 01-12-20

A poignant story about Jedburghs and dementia

Loved the story and wish I had met Tom. The background on the history of the Jedburghs was amazing too. A beautiful book.

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  • John
  • 12-31-19

Excellent.

Loved it all. Great life, fondly remembered and recalled. Thanks to the author for the book.

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  • Près King
  • 12-29-19

Unbelievable true story

Unbelievable true story

Much learnt of the journey of finding dad

SOE and heroics of dad and Contemporaries

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