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I'll Die After Bingo: The Unlikely Story of My Decade as a Care Home Assistant Hardcover – 16 Jun. 2022
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'From fearless and funny to heart-stoppingly raw' Evening Standard
Resident: I feel I want to keep talking.
Me: Of course! What do you want to talk about?
Resident: My heart.
Me: What about your heart?
Resident: I feel I want to touch it.
Me: Your heart? You want to touch your heart?
Resident: Yes, but I'm too frightened.
Me: What are you frightened about?
Resident: Everything. People. Things.
Me: What's frightening you at this very moment?
Resident: (Closes eyes). That I'll never be touched again. That I won't be able to get to my heart.
Resident: More carrots please.
Whether he's initiating a coup d'état against new regulations with the residents, or forging a bond with the 98-year old who once called him a fat slut, Pope Lonergan's work is infinitely varied. This no-holds-barred account shows what life inside a care home is really like, for both residents and carers. Featuring night-time drama, incontinence pads and the uniquely dark humour of one double-amputee Alzheimer's patient, here you can learn everything you ever wanted to know (and a few things you probably really didn't) about Britain's care system.
This important memoir challenges us all to think differently about the value of our elderly, and also the carers who look after them.
Blackly funny... enough to make you die laughing ― Daily Mail
Five out of five stars. This book does for care home workers what This Is Going to Hurt did for junior doctors... this isn't just a conscience-rebooting book. It's also blisteringly well written, deeply humane and very funny ― Daily Telegraph
Pope Lonergan is always very funny even when dealing with the most serious subject matter -- David Baddiel
Pope is such a kind, funny and erudite guide through a world many of us ignore. I hope people read the book. It can't possibly be what they think. It is exceptional ― Andrew Hankinson
About the Author
Pope Lonergan is a comedian, Quaker and (recovering) drug addict. He is also a care assistant. I'll Die After Bingo is his tough yet hilarious, intelligent and honest account of 9 ½ years caring of for the elderly.
- Publisher : Ebury Press (16 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529109337
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529109337
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 2.9 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 38,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Insightful book more in line with the Jo.brand series than.Adam kaye. I would suggest Pope lectures at ALL schools of nursing. As a.one time senior lecturer.in the department of gerontology , I believe Pope could be a positive force for good, bringing back a much needed sense of how it is. I wish Pope a major success with this polemic on the current state of some of the private health care sector. Phil norcliffe nurse
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