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The Carer

by Deborah Moggach

Books of the Month Humour (fiction) Star Books

LoveReading View on The Carer

Clever, sharp, and yet wonderfully poignant, this is a hugely entertaining multi-generational family drama. After hiring highly recommended carer Mandy for their father James, Phoebe and her brother Robert begin to wonder if all is as rosy as they first thought. Deborah Moggach excels in opening a window to all generations, there is a feeling of truth to her descriptions. With a different character heading each chapter, I soon felt as though I was diving deep into their thoughts. An ongoing rivalry for their father’s attention has kept Phoebe and Robert company through into middle age. All aspects of their personality spilled out onto the page, from selfish to thoughtful, fractious to charming, and so while not necessarily always likeable, it felt as though they were in the room with me. There are a few surprises in store, you know when you’re cringing and wincing, but can’t stop reading and almost want to peek at the pages between your fingers? That’s exactly what happened to me here! Chosen as a Liz Robinson Pick of the Month, and one of our LoveReading Star Books, The Carer is a vivid, colourful, smirky, yet penetrating and compelling read. Loved it!

Liz Robinson

The Carer Synopsis

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.

Then something extraordinary happens which throws everything into new relief, changing all the stories of their childhood - and the father - that they thought they knew so well. 'Joyous' Daily Mail

The Carer Press Reviews

A wry, witty and wise novel, full of insight and understanding' - Susie Boyt

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

Lit up a dull day with its warmth and wit - Tessa Hadley

Beautifully written, oozing interesting characters that you genuinely care about -- Adele Parks 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 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 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 Good, rollicking, and occasionally, what with the file of evasions, duplicity and fractured emotion, wounding and reflective stuff - Private Eye

Moving and funny - Good Housekeeping

A witty tale, with beautifully drawn characters - Best

A sharp, witty, characteristically generous and gallopingly readable novel - Readers Digest

This joyous novel ... a sustained satire on smug middle-class mores, like a deranged Archers omnibus. Can there be higher praise? -- Wendy Holden - Daily Mail

I love her book - and this one especially. It's marvellous -- India Knight Surprising, funny and certain to have more than one reader wincing in recognition - The i

Wickedly, witty entertainment. Moggach is so very good at describing the ordinary, she transforms it into the unusual, shocking and fascinating. Behind the normality of people's lives there often lies an extraordinary story. It's this that Moggach tells with insight, acute observation of character and mordant humour. The Carer is an immediately relevant work, a fiction anchored in reality - Spectator

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

Moggach addresses an all too common nightmare with ruthless honesty and sublime wit - The Carer is one of the funniest novels I have read for ages -- Kate Saunders - The Times

Infuses the subject with her trademark humour and pathos, reshaping a societal dilemma into a family drama, by turns compelling and surprising - her nuanced characterisations make the subject matter really come alive -- Hannah Beckerman - Observer

This is a world full of charm, warmth and pitch-perfect humour, but it is also a world punctuated by Moggach's blistering truths on the tangled, sorrowful threads of resentment and disappointment that bind families together - Sunday Express, S Mag

Moggach's latest is full of warmth and humour as well as blistering truths about the sorrowful threads that bind families - Daily Mirror

A cracking, crackling social comedy with some brilliant people observations about ageing and a devilish plot twist -- Robbie Millen - The Times

Moggach is at the height of her powers with this book, which moves from a beautifully observed comedy of middle-class life to an immensely moving celebration of two imperfect marriages - Sunday Times

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

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ISBN: 9781472260499
Publication date: 30/04/2020
Publisher: Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472260499
Publication date: 30th April 2020
Author: Deborah Moggach
Publisher: Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Humour, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Star Books,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Deborah Moggach

Deborah Moggach is the prize-winning author of numerous screenplays including STOLEN, GOGGLE-EYES, SEE-SAW and CLOSE RELATIONS, and FINAL DEMAND (starring Tamsin Outhwaite) will be shown on BBC 1 this Easter. Her many novels include the bestselling TULIP FEVER and PORKY. She is Chairman of the Society of Authors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in North London.

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