Love and Care: Once my Mother Looked After Me. Now I Look After Her. (Hardback)Shaun Deeney (author)
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A wonderfully humane exploration of love and letting go, Deeney’s touching account of becoming the carer for his mother with Parkinson’s dementia is eye-opening in its candour and compassion.
Shaun is determined to put the past behind him. No longer brooding on his divorce, and with his two daughters grown up, he is making a fresh start in a new country. And hoping to find love one more time. Until the sudden death of his father changes everything.
With his mother in a care home, Shaun knows he has to make a choice: leave his mother there, or give up his new-found freedom to look after her himself in the home she once shared with his father.
Love and Care charts his first year caring for his mother who has Parkinson's dementia; a woman he loves deeply but realises he hardly knows as he tries to connect with her through music, food and everyday joys. Can he face the challenges and prove the doubters wrong? And what will the decision mean for his chances of finding love?
Writing with raw honesty and humour, Shaun reflects on his own relationships - as a son, a father, and as a man. He explores our ability to keep hope alive, to forgive and be forgiven. Along the way he learns that letting go may just be the most valuable lesson in love.
Framed by the changing seasons, Love and Care is a story of redemption, and a celebration of our capacity to love, in all its forms.
Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 218 x 138 x 32 mm
'An honest and thoughtful memoir about what it means to be a carer - particularly what it means to be a man who cares. Moving but, ultimately, full of hope. Beautiful.' - Kate Mosse
'A beautiful, intimate story of love and understanding - candid and funny. This is a lyrical memoir of hope and forgiveness.' - Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path
'A heart-warming, heart-wrenching, and beautifully humane account of loving and caring.' - Nicci GerrardI, novelist and author of What Dementia Teaches Us About Love
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