An essential account of caring – and the grief, guilt, joy and love that accompany it, from the bestselling author of ‘Labyrinth’.
A beautiful, emotional and timely read.
As our population ages, more and more of us find ourselves caring for parents and loved ones – some 8.8 million people in the UK. An invisible army of carers holding families together.
Here Kate Mosse tells her personal story of finding herself as a carer in middle age: first helping her mother look after her beloved father through Parkinson’s, then supporting her mother in widowhood, and finally as “an extra pair of hands” for her 90-year-old mother-in-law.
This is a story about the gentle heroism of our carers, about small everyday acts of tenderness, and finding joy in times of crisis. It’s about juggling priorities, mind-numbing repetition, about guilt and powerlessness, about grief, and the solace of nature when we’re exhausted or at a loss. It is also about celebrating older people, about learning to live differently – and think differently about ageing.
But most of all, it’s a story about love.
About the author
Kate Mosse is a bestselling novelist, playwright and non-fiction author with sales of more than eight million copies in 38 languages. Renowned for bringing under-heard histories to life, she is a champion of women’s creativity. She is Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, sits on the Executive Committee of Women of the World and is a Visiting Professor of Contemporary Fiction and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Her novel ‘The City of Tears’ was published in January 2021.