24 November 2020
A personal story of being an ‘extra pair of hands’ by bestselling author Kate Mosse, this is a celebration of older people and aging, and of finding joy in the smallest acts of everyday caregiving.
As our society ages and our medical system struggles to cope, more and more of us will find ourselves helping to care for a loved one at home. Yet this crucial act of love and compassion is one we so rarely celebrate. 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.
Mosse said: ‘This book is a tribute to three extraordinary people – my father, my mother and my mother-in-law. It is a celebration of older people and ageing, a story about learning to live differently, about loss and powerlessness, about landscape, about family, about grief. But most of all, it’s a story about love. It is a huge honour to be published by Wellcome Collection and Profile.’
Profile Books and Wellcome Collection will publish An Extra Pair of Hands as a £12.99 hardback in June 2021.
About Kate Mosse
Kate Mosse is an international bestselling novelist, playwright and nonfiction author with sales of more than seven million copies in thirty-eight languages. Renowned for bringing overlooked histories to life, she is a champion of women’s creativity. Kate is the 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. Kate lives in West Sussex with her husband and mother-in-law, with her sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews nearby.
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