THE BOOKSELLER Book of the Month for January 2019


"This is laugh-out-loud, delightful comedic writing. It captures a mood of escapism and nostalgia that I found incredibly reassuring and cheering. More Keggie, please."  VIV GROSKOP, OBSERVER

"Carew is a natural storyteller, and each of these tales works like a perfectly paced standup routine, punctuated by some gorgeous phrase-making . . . It's hard to make writing look this easy, but Carew's stories have the knack of easing the reader happily from page to page, leaving us squirming at the situations she finds herself in while secretly hoping that she won't escape them just yet" GUARDIAN

"Hilariously, toe-curlingly relatable . . . a joyous burst of authenticity" MAIL ON SUNDAY

“Keggie Carew really has a knack for stepping in it, boy.  But the further you wade in with her, the more hilarious, and poignant, it all becomes. Quicksand Tales is a tonic for the tortured and cursed.”  JOSHUA FERRIS

"I don’t know how she does it but Keggie has the ability to take the sideways moments in life, and paint them with such humour and folly and awfulness I go from snort-out loud laughing to wonder. Here is a collection of tales of mistakes that verge from terrifying (meeting the psychopath Animal in the middle of a deserted forest) to everyday (the murderous hazards of gardening) but told once again with Keggie’s rare blend of wit, warmth, zany fizz and plain honesty. I meant to savour the tales slowly, one at a time, and ended up wolfing them."   RACHEL JOYCE

"Quicksand Tales is animated by Carew's gift for storytelling: a lightness of touch is coupled with a revelry in caricature ... vibrant and entertaining, sure to inspire a healthy dose of schadenfreude in its readers." IRISH TIMES


"Carew excel[s] at pinpointing the disjointedness between the life we boast about and the messy lives we actually end up living" SUNDAY TIMES

"Wonderfully written ... very funny and full of life." ROGER DALTREY

"...written by they author of the sublime, Costa-winning Dadland … an epic series of hilarious misadventures from a life characterised by her unerring instinct for being in the wrong place at the wrong time…"  THE BOOKSELLER

"Carew has a beautiful evocative style."  EVENING STANDARD

"Keggie is chaos in motion, yearning for everything to go right and, luckily for us, it rarely does. She has a wonderfully sharp eye for character, draws every scene so vividly and it’s funny, witty. Never arch.  Funny. And awful."  ROBERT BATHURST

"Keggie's honesty and empathy shine through; as a reader, you'll whip through these tales alternately laughing and wincing in recognition."  TOM BROMLEY

"...an unexpected and unusual treat: a funny and clever nonfiction stories that feels like a breath of fresh air..."

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.

QUICKSAND TALES will be published by CANONGATE on 31 January 2019