Quicksand Tales will be published with Canongate, 30 January 2019.

THE BOOKSELLER Book of the Month for January 2019


Ever been talked into buying a camel? Or become a burglar by mistake? Or accidentally drugged a friend on a blind date?

Keggie Carew has an unerring instinct for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, of putting her foot in it, and making a hash of things. From the repercussions of a missing purse, to boiling a frog, or the holiday when the last thing you could possibly imagine happens, Keggie has been there.  She also has an enviable talent for recycling awfulness and turning embarrassment into gold. In prose that will make you laugh, wince and curl your toes, Keggie Carew shares her most embarrassing, awkward, uncomfortable, funny, true, terrible, and all-too-relatable moments.

You will be glad none of it happened to you.


Keggie Carew will be the Gladstone's Library Writer in Residence in November 2018.

6 November 2018:  Advantages and Pitfalls: Writing Close Family - An Evening with Writer in Residence Keggie Carew


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24 November 2018: Complex Emotion, Detached Appraisal: writing Memoir - A Masterclass with Writer in Residence Keggie Carew