Winner of the 2016 Costa Book Award for Biography; a wonderful memoir of Carew’s larger-than-life father and an attempt to chronicle his life when he develops dementia and begins to lose his memories. He was a member of the elite SOE unit during WW2 and was parachuted behind enemy lines to try raise resistance in France and then in Burma. The narrative switches to an account of Carew’s eccentric English childhood, as Tom Carew tries to settle down in a post-war world. Dubbed ‘the mad Irishman’, he was outrageous, brave, charming and generally irrepressible. This is a poignant yet funny, beautifully-written account which succeeds as a testament of love for her father.