The Carer (Hardback)Deborah Moggach (author)
Deborah Moggach, one of the keenest observers of human nature in contemporary fiction, returns with a heart-warming, poignant and wickedly funny novel about the overwhelming onrush of old age. With a light touch and wry humour, The Carer is about family, frailty and how the people we think we know the best can still always surprise us.
James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy's virtues, their shopping trips, and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss.
Is this really their father, the distant figure who never once turned up for a sports day, now happily chortling over cuckoo clocks and television soaps?
Then something happens that throws everything into new relief, and Phoebe and Robert discover that life most definitely does not stop for the elderly. It just moves onto a very different plane - changing all the stories they thought they knew so well.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 475 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 30 mm
Unputdownable, fun and tender with characters that jump off the page. Perfection - Marian Keyes
Moggach is at the height of her powers with this book, which moves from a beautifully observed comedy of middle-class life to an immensely moving celebration of two imperfect marriages - Sunday Times
A cracking, crackling social comedy with some brilliant people observations about ageing and a devilish plot twist - Robbie Millen, The Times
Moggach's latest is full of warmth and humour as well as blistering truths about the sorrowful threads that bind families - Daily Mirror
This is a world full of charm, warmth and pitch-perfect humour, but it is also a world punctuated by Moggach's blistering truths on the tangled, sorrowful threads of resentment and disappointment that bind families together - Sunday Express, S Mag
Infuses the subject with her trademark humour and pathos, reshaping a societal dilemma into a family drama, by turns compelling and surprising - her nuanced characterisations make the subject matter really come alive - Hannah Beckerman, Observer
Moggach addresses an all too common nightmare with ruthless honesty and sublime wit - The Carer is one of the funniest novels I have read for ages - Kate Saunders, The Times
If you enjoyed THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, there's a chance you'll love the author's new novel even more. A heartwarming triumph - Woman & Home
Wickedly, witty entertainment. Moggach is so very good at describing the ordinary, she transforms it into the unusual, shocking and fascinating. Behind the normality of people's lives there often lies an extraordinary story. It's this that Moggach tells with insight, acute observation of character and mordant humour. The Carer is an immediately relevant work, a fiction anchored in reality - Spectator
Surprising, funny and certain to have more than one reader wincing in recognition - The i
I love her book - and this one especially. It's marvellous - India Knight
This joyous novel ... a sustained satire on smug middle-class mores, like a deranged Archers omnibus. Can there be higher praise? - Wendy Holden, Daily Mail
A sharp, witty, characteristically generous and gallopingly readable novel - Readers Digest
A witty tale, with beautifully drawn characters - Best
Moving and funny - Good Housekeeping
Good, rollicking, and occasionally, what with the file of evasions, duplicity and fractured emotion, wounding and reflective stuff - Private Eye
I just loved it - so touching and wise and funny, full of all the lovely touches that Debby is so good at. She draws characters so deftly; you begin to think you know them from the smallest of observations. They're all so human! - Sabine Durrant
The Carer will ring bells for any reader with parents reaching the grab-rail stage of life but proves as touching as it's funny. Moggach writes in the best funny-ouch tradition, her humour always rooted in acute observation of our frailties and appetites - Patrick Gale
Deborah Moggach's warm heart and cool eye for hilarious British idiosyncrasies are both on top form here - I laughed like a drain. Specially at the hippy Lothario in the wet Welsh woods - Louisa Young
Beautifully written, oozing interesting characters that you genuinely care about - Adele Parks
Lit up a dull day with its warmth and wit - Tessa Hadley
The most endearing of humorists, Deborah Moggach casts a penetrating eye on our foibles and fantasies. Neither ageing, nor death - as The Carer so beautifully demonstrates - can resist her comic scrutiny - Lisa Appignanesi
A wry, witty and wise novel, full of insight and understanding' - Susie Boyt
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“A great quick read about family, secrets, and betrayal.”
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“Deborah Moggach delivers yet again”
Just loved it ! Mandy was a most wonderful character. It was full of insight, and acute observations about living with an ageing parent, and sibling dynamics!
Secrets, laughs and and thoroughly entertainment.
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