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An Extra Pair of Hands: A story of caring and everyday acts of love (Paperback)Kate Mosse (author)
Mosse’s account of caring for a succession of older relatives is a quietly inspirational read, told with humility, wit and optimism by one of our finest historical novelists.
As our population ages, more and more of us find ourselves caring for parents and loved ones – some 8.8 million people in the UK. An invisible army of carers holding families together.
Here, Kate Mosse tells her personal story of finding herself as a carer in middle age: first, helping her mother look after her beloved father through Parkinson's, then supporting her mother in widowhood, and finally as 'an extra pair of hands' for her 90-year-old mother-in-law.
This is a story about the gentle heroism of our carers, about small everyday acts of tenderness, and finding joy in times of crisis. It's about juggling priorities, mind-numbing repetition, about guilt and powerlessness, about grief, and the solace of nature when we're exhausted or at a loss. It is also about celebrating older people, about learning to live differently – and think differently about ageing. But most of all, it's a story about love.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 169 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 18 mm
'Brilliant... uplifting, inspiring, a tribute to love' - Elif Shafak, Guardian
'A beautiful, profoundly moving book about society's most vital glue - care' - Rachel Clarke
'I read it in one sitting' - Christie Watson
'A beautiful, emotional and timely read' - Matt Haig
'Keep the tissues handy. 10/10' - Independent
'Shot through with honesty, heartbreak and joy. I loved it' - Adam Kay
'Mosse writes movingly about returning the caring favour and the end that waits for us all' - The Times
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