An Extra Pair of Hands

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Ten years ago, Kate Mosse began to help her heroic mother care for her beloved father, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. In this lyrical and humorous book, she reflects on more than a decade of multi-generational living and being an ‘extra pair of hands’, first for her parents and now for her wonderful 90-year-old mother-in-law. Interspersed with snapshots of the overlooked voices of carers of the past – from poems, diaries and folk remedies that have survived the centuries – Kate looks at the contemporary landscape of care in a world of slashed budgets and at the women bearing the brunt of austerity as they battle to hold families of all shapes and sizes together.

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‘Inspiring’ GUARDIAN’Heartbreaking’ INDEPENDENT’I loved it’ ADAM KAY’Beautiful’ MATT HAIG’Luminous’ NICCI GERRARD’Essential reading’ MADELEINE BUNTING’A celebration’ CHRISTIE WATSON—–A Best Book for Summer in The Times, Guardian and The iIndependent Book of the Month—–Caring is an issue that affects us all – as bestselling novelist Kate Mosse knows all too well. Kate has cared in turn for her father and mother, and for Granny Rosie, her 90-year-old mother-in-law. Along the way she has experienced the joys, challenges and frustrations shared by an invisible army of carers. At the heart of this care lie everyday acts of love, and the realisation that, sooner or later, most of us will come to rely on an extra pair of hands.—– ‘Lifts the spirits without pulling punches’ IAN RANKIN ‘Irresistible’ RACHEL JOYCE ‘Questions how and why we fetishise independence when the reality of human experience is always interdependence’ GUARDIAN, BOOK OF THE DAY ‘Heartfelt, funny and at times heartbreaking. 10/10’ INDEPENDENT ‘Utterly beautiful’ FRANCESCA SEGAL

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Weight 180 g
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 1.8 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

193

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

362.0425092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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