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The Carer

The Carer

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever, a deliciously funny, poignant and wry novel, full of surprising twists and turns.

Unputdownable, fun and tender with characters that jump off the page. Perfection’ Marian Keyes

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.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 9th July 2019

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781472260475


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
Beautifully written, oozing interesting characters that you genuinely care about
Adele Parks
Surprising, funny and certain to have more than one reader wincing in recognition
The i
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
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
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
Moving and funny
Good Housekeeping
A wry, witty and wise novel, full of insight and understanding'
Susie Boyt
A witty tale, with beautifully drawn characters
A cracking, crackling social comedy with some brilliant people observations about ageing and a devilish plot twist
Robbie Millen, The Times
'Lit up a dull day with its warmth and wit'
Tessa Hadley
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
Unputdownable, fun and tender with characters that jump off the page. Perfection
Marian Keyes
A sharp, witty, characteristically generous and gallopingly readable novel
Readers Digest