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.
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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Deborah Moggach addresses this all too common modern nightmare with ruthless honesty and sublime with – The Carer is one of the funniest novels I have read for ages. Moggach is one of the very few writers with an unfailing eye for middle-class absurdity... The Carer is truthful and often moving, with joyous flashes of comedy.
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.
A cracking, crackling social comedy with some brilliant people observations about ageing and a devilish plot twist.
A sharp, witty, characteristically generous and gallopingly readable novel.
Surprising, funny and certain to have more than one reader wincing in recognition.
A witty tale, with beautifully drawn characters.
Moving and funny.
Unputdownable, fun and tender with characters that jump off the page. Perfection.
Lit up a dull day with its warmth and wit.
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.
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!
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.
A wry, witty and wise novel, full of insight and understanding.
Beautifully written, oozing interesting characters that you genuinely care about.
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.
'With The Carer, Moggach explores the topical question of care for the elderly and whose responsibility it is. She infuses what could be a dry subject with her trademark humour and pathos, reshaping a societal dilemma into a family drama, by turns compelling and surprising.'
‘Deborah Moggach addresses this all too common modern nightmare with ruthless honesty and sublime with – The Carer is one of the funniest novels I have read for ages. Moggach is one of the very few writers with an unfailing eye for middle-class absurdity…The Carer is truthful and often moving, with joyous flashes of comedy’Kate Saunders