Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for The Carer by Deborah Moggach
From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever, a deliciously funny, poignant and wry novel, full of surprising twists and turns:
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.
Then something extraordinary happens which throws everything into new relief, changing all the stories of their childhood – and the father – that they thought they knew so well.
Oh but this is a deliciously lovely read. Funny yet at times highly poignant. It was just wonderful to immerse myself in for a short while.
James is 85 and misses his wife dreadfully. Like so many families today he doesn’t live locally to his children and is in need of care. His children Phoebe and Robert discover Mandy, a carer with superb references who seems like a breath of fresh air in raising their father’s spirits. Still there is something not quite right and before long they are wondering if she is quite the ‘saviour’ they thought she was.
There are many twists and turns awaiting you amongst the pages of this wonderful novel. We see it through a variety of narrators, all gradually filling in the gaps. There is something incredibly delicate in Deborah’s writing, Her characters feel real and her ability to capture them on page is superb, bringing all their nuances to life is, I feel, the backbone to this story. You really come to care about them and their story.
Old age brings many things, sadly for many a level of invisibility. Wrapped up in our own lives we forget that they too have lived, felt and experienced all the ups and downs of life. As well as this, Phoebe and Robert are harbouring resentments from their own childhoods and the father who was quite often absent ffom their lives. Carer, Mandy brings out a side of their father they did not know and could almost not relate to. This soon raises issues of guilt, frustration and even jealousy. Sometimes events make us look inwards to ourselves and the changes that, perhaps, we need to make to find our own happiness.
In a nutshell this is a wonderfully uplifting novel, filled with a good mix of characters. This is the first book I have read by Deborah although I have seem the film adaptation of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and from that I knew that characterisation was her speciality, as well as creating a story that makes you wonder and think a little more about what’s important in life. This and more I found in the pages of The Carer. I thoroughly recommend this wonderful novel. It’s one that will stay with me for quite some time. And what an absolutely stunning cover! Definitely a keeper for the bookshelf.
Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. I shall definitely be reading more from Deborah. I might just start with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. 🙂 My grateful thanks also go to the publisher, Tinder Press for the ARC. I’ll definitely be buying myself one of those beautiful finished copies.
About the Author
Deborah Moggach, OBE is an English novelist and an award-winning screenwriter. She has written nineteen novels, including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, These Foolish Thing, Heartbreak Hotel and Something to Hide. She lives in London.