The Selfish Pig's Guide to Caring

The Selfish Pig's Guide to Caring

by Hugh Marriott, David Lock
     
 

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Six million people in the UK, often unnoticed by the rest of us, provide unpaid care for disabled or elderly relatives, friends or neighbours. Their job is long, lonely and hard, yet there is limited support and no formal training. As a result, carers suffer frequent damage to physical and mental health.

Oddly, though carers by definition are anything but selfish

Overview

Six million people in the UK, often unnoticed by the rest of us, provide unpaid care for disabled or elderly relatives, friends or neighbours. Their job is long, lonely and hard, yet there is limited support and no formal training. As a result, carers suffer frequent damage to physical and mental health.

Oddly, though carers by definition are anything but selfish pigs, they are liable to feelings of guilt, probably brought on by fatigue and isolation. So Hugh Marriott has written this book for them - and also for the rest of us who don't know what being a carer is all about. His aim is bring into the open everything he wishes he'd been told when he first became a carer. And he does. The book airs such topics as sex, thoughts of murder, and dealing with the responses of friends and officials who fail to understand.

This is a must-read for anyone involved with caring.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
A splendid new books for carers.—THE TIMES

We have needed this book for 20 years. I wish I had been able to read it when I first became a carer—Alison Ryan, Chief Executive, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

The reaction from readers of the book has been amazing.—TAKE CARE

The book is easy to read, with many amusing illustrations. It is well researched, and looks at the problems faced by carers rather than those who care for someone with a specific disease.—GP

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749929862
Publisher:
Piatkus Books
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
614,049
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Marriott lives in Lymington with his wife Cathie, who is suffering from Huntingdon's Disease. He used to run his own PR business. He has three daughters and enjoys sailing.

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