• Filename: dadland.
  • ISBN: 9781473524606
  • Release Date: 2016-07-28
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Keggie Carew
  • Publisher: Random House

The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller WINNER OF THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD Keggie Carew 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. But these were not always enough to sustain a family. As his memory began to fail, Keggie embarked on a quest to unravel his story once and for all. Dadland is that journey. It takes us into shadowy corners of history, a madcap English childhood, the poignant breakdown of a family, the corridors of dementia and beyond. ‘OH THIS BOOK. Beautiful and fierce and brave. Memory and war and family and loss and, well, wow’ Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk


  • Filename: dadland.
  • ISBN: 9780802190383
  • Release Date: 2017-03-07
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Keggie Carew
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Winner of the Costa Book Award for Biography Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm. For most of her adult life, Keggie was kept at arm’s length from her father’s personal history, but when she is invited to join him for the sixtieth anniversary of the Jedburghs—an elite special operations unit that was the first collaboration between the American and British Secret Services during World War II—a new door opens in their relationship. As dementia stakes a claim over his memory, Keggie embarks on a quest to unravel her father’s 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 Jedburgh he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance first against the Germans in France, then against the Japanese in Southeast Asia, where he won the moniker “Lawrence of Burma.” But his wartime exploits are only the beginning. Part family memoir, part energetic military history, Dadland takes us on a spellbinding journey, in peace and war, into surprising and shady corners of twentieth-century politics, her rackety English childhood, the poignant breakdown of her family, the corridors of dementia and beyond. As Keggie pieces her father—and herself—back together again, she celebrates the technicolor life of an impossible, irresistible, unstoppable man.


  • Filename: dadland.
  • ISBN: 9781784740764
  • Release Date: 2016-07-28
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Keggie Carew
  • Publisher: Random House

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... Dadland 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 âe" and herself âe" back together again, she celebrates the technicolour life of an impossible, irresistible, unstoppable man.

Stranger in Dadland

  • Filename: stranger-in-dadland.
  • ISBN: 9781101652947
  • Release Date: 2001-04-23
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Amy Goldman Koss
  • Publisher: Penguin

Every summer John flies to Los Angeles for his visit with Dad. But one week a year isn't a lot of time for father/son bonding, particularly when your father is a workaholic who never seems to have time for his son. Not to mention that Dad always has a new girlfriend hanging around. In the past it's been near impossible to grab some quality time with his father, but this summer John refuses to give up. He's sick of feeling like a stranger in "Dadland."

The Distant Land of My Father

  • Filename: the-distant-land-of-my-father.
  • ISBN: 0156027135
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 378
  • Author: Bo Caldwell
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Experiencing a seemingly idyllic childhood in pre-World War II Shanghai, Anna flees to California with her mother when the Japanese occupation begins, believing her charismatic millionaire father's connections will keep him safe. A first novel. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Fairyland A Memoir of My Father

  • Filename: fairyland-a-memoir-of-my-father.
  • ISBN: 9780393240528
  • Release Date: 2013-06-03
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Alysia Abbott
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

A beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco with an openly gay father. With a new foreword After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom are raising a child. Steve throws himself into San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene. He takes Alysia to raucous parties, pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings, and introduces her to a world of artists, thinkers, and writers. But the pair live like nomads, moving from apartment to apartment, with a revolving cast of roommates and little structure. As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate who can transform the ordinary into magic, but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in. The world, she learns, is hostile to difference. In Alysia’s teens, Steve’s friends—several of whom she has befriended—fall ill as AIDS starts its rampage through their community. While Alysia is studying in New York and then in France, her father tells her it’s time to come home; he’s sick with AIDS. Alysia must choose whether to take on the responsibility of caring for her father or continue the independent life she has worked so hard to create. Reconstructing their life together from a remarkable cache of her father’s journals, letters, and writings, Alysia Abbott gives us an unforgettable portrait of a tumultuous, historic time in San Francisco as well as an exquisitely moving account of a father’s legacy and a daughter’s love.

Dear Michael Love Dad

  • Filename: dear-michael-love-dad.
  • ISBN: 9781473638181
  • Release Date: 2016-07-28
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Iain Maitland
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

'wonderful, moving, humorous ... extremely poignant' Charlie Mortimer, Dear Lupin ' turns acidly funny, exasperating and poignant, painting a moving portrait both of mental illness and of a father in denial. But paternal love... shines through.' Caroline Sanderson, Sunday Express Letters, Laughter and all the things we leave unsaid... Dear Michael, Moving your whatnots et al into the flat has put paid to any improvements in my back. Still, at least it's done now.Your mother is already worrying how you'll cope and is at work on reams of notes on all sorts of matters from how to tell if meat has gone off to washing whites. Smell it and wear black is my advice. Please do try to master the can opener and other basics before calling. You know how she worries. When Iain Maitland's eldest son left home for university he wrote regularly to him; funny, curmudgeonly letters chronicling their family life and giving Michael unsolicited and hopeless advice on everything from DIY to women. He never expected a reply - they were simply his way of continuing their relationship. What Iain didn't realise was that away from home his beloved boy was suffering from depression and anorexia. Only much later did it become apparent to Iain and his wife just how oblivious they had been, and for how very long. Told through Iain's letters and the unfolding reality of Michael's situation, Dear Michael, Love Dad forces us to question how well we can ever truly know our loved ones, but most of all expresses the unbreakable bond between a father and son.


  • Filename: carrie.
  • ISBN: 9780385528832
  • Release Date: 2008-06-24
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Stephen King
  • Publisher: Anchor

Stephen King's legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates. Carrie White may be picked on by her classmates, but she has a gift. She can move things with her mind. Doors lock. Candles fall. This is her power and her problem. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offers Carrie a chance to be a normal...until an unexpected cruelty turns her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that no one will ever forget.

Days Without End

  • Filename: days-without-end.
  • ISBN: 9780571277032
  • Release Date: 2016-10-18
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Sebastian Barry
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber

WINNER OF 2016 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Pitch-perfect, the outstanding novel of the year so far.' Robert McCrum, Observer 'More wrenching and beautiful than anything I've read in a long time.' Aravind Adiga, Guardian Books of the Year After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. But when a young Indian girl crosses their path, Thomas and John must decide on the best way of life for them all in the face of dangerous odds.

H Is for Hawk

  • Filename: h-is-for-hawk.
  • ISBN: 9780802191670
  • Release Date: 2015-03-03
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Helen Macdonald
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year ON MORE THAN 25 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR LISTS: including TIME (#1 Nonfiction Book), NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine (10 Favorite Books), Vogue (Top 10), Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle (Top 10), Miami Herald, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top 10), Library Journal (Top 10), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, Shelf Awareness, Book Riot, Amazon (Top 20) The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel's temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after her father's death, and together raptor and human "discover the pain and beauty of being alive" (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.

The Wooden Horse

  • Filename: the-wooden-horse.
  • ISBN: 9781844153039
  • Release Date: 2013-10-02
  • Number of pages: 264
  • Author: Eric Williams
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword

It is over fifty years since the critics of the day acclaimed The Wooden Horse as a superbly told story of the most ingenious and daring escape of the Second World War. Millions of readers agreed, and the book became a modern classic. This revised and expanded edition tells the tale. The escape itself was conceived on classical lines. The Greeks built a wooden horse and by means of it got into the city of Troy; in 1943 two British officers built a wooden horse and by means of it got out of a German prison camp. Together with a third companion, they were the only British prisoners ever to escape and reach England from this camp, though many tried. It was Stalag Luft III, designed especially to hold the Germans’ most prized captives – Allied aircrew – and considered to be escape-proof. The break from the camp itself is only part of the story. Once outside the wire the escapers were still faced with the problem of getting out of Germany. Fugitives in the midst of a watchful enemy population, they had many close shaves when disaster threatened to overwhelm them – adventures which the reader shares to the full. The fantastic nature of this enterprise, the patience, determination and endurance, above all the steel nerve it demanded from an undernourished physique, are rendered the more impressive by the manner of the telling. The characters are so surely drawn that they could not but be real. Throughout the book runs a vein of humour which alone made those days bearable. The warmth of human companionship born of privation, fear and a common purpose is vividly portrayed.

A Time to Speak

  • Filename: a-time-to-speak.
  • ISBN: 9780786704866
  • Release Date: 1997-10
  • Number of pages: 132
  • Author: Helen Lewis
  • Publisher: Basic Books

15 March 1939: German troops enter Prague and for Czechoslovakian Jews the terror begins. This is the incredible story of one survivor of the Holocaust.

The Bombs That Brought Us Together

  • Filename: the-bombs-that-brought-us-together.
  • ISBN: 9781408855751
  • Release Date: 2016-04-21
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Brian Conaghan
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever. Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town's rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There's a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy. Charlie Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will ... Perfect for readers of Patrick Ness, John Boyne and Malorie Blackman.

Surf s Up

  • Filename: surf-s-up.
  • ISBN: 1612967345
  • Release Date: 2016-08-04
  • Number of pages: 210
  • Author: Gary Weise
  • Publisher:

Eleven-year-old Daniel Bryant is an up and coming surfer, when the tragic death of his father and a brutal step-dad land him in the impact zone of life. Warned by his father in a dream, he sets off on an adventure with the most unlikely of characters to escape his nemesis, only to find another, more fearsome creature awaits him with a thirst for revenge. Why does it want him? What could he have done to something so very old? Who is this old man that is willing to take him halfway across the world on an old fishing boat? Pirates, kidnappers and creatures come to life in a novel filled with action, adventure, and a splash of heart that will have you reading with white knuckles and a box of tissues.

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