A thought-provoking, informative, very frank but also moving and charming book about what life is like for a carer.
Six million people in the world, often unnoticed by the rest of us, provide unpaid care for disabled or elderly relatives, friends or neighbours. Their job is long, lonely and hard, yet there is limited support and no formal training. As a result, carers suffer frequent damage to physical and mental health.
Oddly, though carers by definition are anything but selfish pigs, they are liable to feelings of guilt, probably brought on by fatigue and isolation. So Hugh Marriott has written this book for them - and also for the rest of us who don t know what being a carer is all about. His aim is bring into the open everything he wishes he'd been told when he first became a carer. And he does. The book airs such topics as sex, thoughts of murder, and dealing with the responses of friends and officials who fail to understand.
This is a must-read for anyone involved with caring.
A splendid new books for carers. - THE TIMES
The reaction from readers of the book has been amazing. - TAKE CARE
We have needed this book for 20 years. I wish I had been able to read it when I first became a carer - Alison Ryan, Chief Executive, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
The book is easy to read, with many amusing illustrations. It is well researched, and looks at the problems faced by carers rather than those who care for someone with a specific disease. - GP