Book Group: Meet Keggie Carew

Date: 8 January 2019

Time: 1930

Price: £5

This month, the Book Group is welcoming Keggie Carew to join us and talk about her work.

Keggie will be reading from her novel, “Dadland”, which won the Costa Biography of the Year Award 2016, and was a Sunday Times Top Ten Best Seller in 2017.

Nick Hornby in the Guardian’s Best Holiday Reads chose it as ‘a thrilling bloody, educative history … combined ingeniously with a tender, moving, funny portrait of the author’s father’; The Bookseller described it as ‘utterly remarkable, and beautifully evoked’; the Observer called it a ‘a vivid kaleidoscope’ and ‘a shape-shifting hybrid that … deftly switches between different layers of the past and different tones’; and Esquire magazine wrote, ‘the facts are golden… but from them she could not have made something more outstandingly good.’

Keggie was awarded the Gladstone’s Library Writers in Residence, 2018.

QUICKSAND TALES, a creative non-fiction collection of quasi-memoir narratives will be published by Canongate in January 2019.

Before Keggie began writing, her career was in contemporary art. Keggie lives with her husband, in a small rural cottage near Salisbury. Alongside her writing, she is helping him establish a nature reserve by reinstating a bio-diverse habitat for flora and fauna on 16 acres of land where they run educational nature workshops for underprivileged young people.

Keggie has recommended we discuss Dadland in our February Book Group.

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