An Evening with novelist, Deborah Moggach in Bath

Thursday 18th July

  • Venue The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS
  • Doors open 7.45pm
  • Start time 8pm
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Deborah Moggach’s The Carer is a deliciously funny, poignant and wry novel, full of surprising twists and turn, exploring our foibles from the old to the not so old.

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.

“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.