Friday, February 19, 2021

'The Carer' by Deborah Moggach

19 February 2021

I’ve been enjoying Deborah Moggach’s 2019 novel ‘The Carer’. Phoebe and Robert have been worried about their father who is elderly and increasingly frail, and lives on his own in the Cotswolds, far from either of them. But they have now found someone who appears to be the perfect live-in carer. As the irrepressible Mandy starts to take over their father’s life, the siblings begin to suspect that something more sinister is going on. ‘The Carer’ is a poignant comic novel that reminded me of the works of David Lodge. Like 'South of the River' by Blake Morrison (reviewed here in April 2017) each chapter is written from the point of view of one of the main characters. Phoebe and Robert’s middle class perspectives make them abhorrent of Mandy’s less than liberal attitudes, but far too polite to say so. This painful class comedy also made me think of 'Middle England' by Jonathan Coe (reviewed here in January 2019). ‘The Carer’ is an easy read, dealing with serious themes.



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