I'll Die After Bingo: My unlikely life as a care home assistant (Hardback)Pope Lonergan (author)
Perfect reading for fans of Adam Kay and Christy Watson, Lonergan's riveting memoir of life as a care home worker deftly mixes the laugh-out-loud funny with the heartbreakingly moving to great effect.
Resident: I feel I want to keep talking.
Me: Of course! What do you want to talk about?
Resident: My heart.
Me: What about your heart?
Resident: I feel I want to touch it.
Me: Your heart? You want to touch your heart?
Resident: Yes, but I'm too frightened.
Me: What are you frightened about?
Resident: Everything. People. Things.
Me: What's frightening you at this very moment?
Resident: (Closes eyes). That I'll never be touched again. That I won't be able to get to my heart.
Resident: More carrots please.
Whether he's initiating a coup d'etat against new regulations with the residents, or forging a bond with the 98-year old who once called him a fat slut, Pope Lonergan's work is infinitely varied. This no-holds-barred account shows what life inside a care home is really like, for both residents and carers. Featuring night-time drama, incontinence pads and the uniquely dark humour of one double-amputee Alzheimer's patient, here you can learn everything you ever wanted to know (and a few things you probably really didn't) about Britain's care system.
This important memoir challenges us all to think differently about the value of our elderly, and also the carers who look after them.
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 29 mm
'Pope Lonergan is always very funny even when dealing with the most serious subject matter' - David Baddiel
'Pope is such a kind, funny and erudite guide through a world many of us ignore. I hope people read the book. It can't possibly be what they think. It is exceptional' - Andrew Hankinson
'Darkly comic, crushingly funny and impossibly uplifting. It makes you want to call every elder in your life and hold on to a piece of them while you still can. A triumph' - Desiree Burch
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