Keggie Carew won the Costa Biography Award for her loving, funny, heart-breaking ‘Dadland’, in which she unravelled the complicated life of her maverick parent.
Tom Carew, dashing and brave, fought behind enemy lines in both France and Burma and became the youngest officer ever to be awarded the Distinguished Service Order. But in his civilian life the war-time hero was notably, sometimes comically, less successful, though he never lost his power to charm. He eventually succumbed to dementia before he could tell his daughter the whole story, which led her to undertake this absorbing work of biographical research.
HLSI member Valerie Grove praised the outcome in the Literary Review: ‘How lovely to discover a book that makes one seize friends by the lapels and implore them, “Read this”.’