An Extra Pair of Hands (Hardback)

A story of caring, ageing and everyday acts of love

Kate Mosse

A deeply moving story of what it means to care for those we love by bestselling author Kate Mosse

A Guardian 2021 Non-fiction Highlight
"I read it in one sitting, and will be pressing into the hands of everyone I know" Christie Watson
"A beautiful, emotional and timely read" Matt Haig
"This is a truly beautiful book, shot through with honesty, heartbreak and joy. I loved it" Adam Kay
"Luminous with love" Nicci Gerrard

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.

Publication date: 03/06/2021

£12.99

ISBN: 9781788162616

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Health & Wellbeing, History & Classics

An Extra Pair of Hands (Ebook)

A story of caring, ageing and everyday acts of love

Kate Mosse

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A deeply moving story of what it means to care for those we love by bestselling author Kate Mosse

A Guardian 2021 Non-fiction Highlight
"I read it in one sitting, and will be pressing into the hands of everyone I know" Christie Watson
"A beautiful, emotional and timely read" Matt Haig
"This is a truly beautiful book, shot through with honesty, heartbreak and joy. I loved it" Adam Kay
"Luminous with love" Nicci Gerrard

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.

Publication date: 03/06/2021

£13.99

ISBN: 9781782835516

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B08HHF6J35

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Health & Wellbeing, History & Classics

An Extra Pair of Hands (Audiobook)

A story of caring, ageing and everyday acts of love

Kate Mosse

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A deeply moving story of what it means to care for those we love by bestselling author Kate Mosse

A Guardian 2021 Non-fiction Highlight
"I read it in one sitting, and will be pressing into the hands of everyone I know" Christie Watson
"A beautiful, emotional and timely read" Matt Haig
"This is a truly beautiful book, shot through with honesty, heartbreak and joy. I loved it" Adam Kay
"Luminous with love" Nicci Gerrard

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.

Publication date: 03/06/2021

£19.99

ISBN: 9781782838852

Imprint: Wellcome Collection

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Health & Wellbeing, History & Classics

Read by: Kate Mosse

Reviews for An Extra Pair of Hands

'An Extra Pair of Hands is beautiful, heartbreaking, honest and ultimately uplifting story of carers, and by carers I mean women. I read it in one sitting, and will be pressing into the hands of everyone I know. A celebration of ageing, womanhood and what love really means.'

Christie Watson 

'A beautiful, emotional and timely read'

Matt Haig 

'This is a truly beautiful book, shot through with honesty, heartbreak and joy. I loved it'

Adam Kay 

'An Extra Pair of Hands is like a beacon of light: full of candour, sorrow, joy, hard-won wisdom, and luminous with love'

Nicci Gerrard 

'A beautiful, profoundly moving book about society's most vital glue - care'

Rachel Clarke 

'Honest, moving ... this book will be a huge help to both carers and the cared-for'

Deborah Moggach 

'Wonderful ... I was in tears, but the reading experience is ultimately uplifting and hopeful'

Cathy Rentzenbrink 

'So beautifully captures the joys, sorrows and privileges of caring for someone you love at the end of their life, as well as the deep grief of letting them go. It is the story of being a woman, of being the centre point of a family and all that entails. Mostly it is a story about what it means to love someone. A must read for anyone who has ever been, or ever will be, an extra pair of hands'

Penny Wincer 

'Care is hard work, but ... Kate Mosse reminds us also of how precious and deeply enriching this labour of love can be. Mosse is a wise guide to a complex territory of caring for ageing parents, and this is essential reading'

Madeleine Bunting 

'

The power of this extraordinary memoir lies in Mosse's unsparing account of the personal costs of care-giving - and its deep and poignant joys. She writes about looking after her aged and ailing parents and her mother-in-law, the sadness of observing their increasing frailty, the moments of humour, connection and triumph and the recognition that the relationship between carer and recipient is not one-sided but multifaceted, mutual and shot through with love

'

Catherine Meyer 

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is an international bestselling novelist, playwright and nonfiction author with sales of more than eight million copies in 38 languages. Renowned for bringing unheard and under-heard 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.