Book Recommendations

If you have found a good book you would recommend to other carers, please email and she can add to the list below.

A Gift for Carers by William Long

This book was written following the author’s personal struggle with the psychological and physical pressures of caring for his mum.

His experiences and research led him to develop a solution that counters the devastating effects of what the medical world refers to as “Caregiver Syndrome.”  He identifies seven areas that make for a joyful life.

Keeping Mum by Marianne Talbot

When her mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Marianne Talbot decided she couldn’t put her into a care home. Instead, for five years, she looked after her mum in her own home.

You will also find plenty of practical tips for caring for someone with dementia and on staying sane whilst doing so, a resources and useful contacts section and Marianne’s reflections on caring from a distance, and on when caring comes to an end. Written for anyone, anywhere, who has anything to do with dementia or with caring; in reading it you will know you are not alone.

Self-Care for Caregivers: A Twelve Step Approach by Pat Samples, Diane Larsen, Marvin Larsen

For those serving as a care-giver for a loved one, the authors of this down-to-earth, encouraging book can help you make the most of the experience without losing yourself in the process.


Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring by Penny Wincer

A beautifully written and honest account of the realities of caring. Penny draws on her personal experience of caring, previously for her mother and now for her son. She weaves this with others’ stories to offer an insightful and often moving read.

The Conscious Care Giver by Linda Abbi

A Mindful Approach to Caring for your Loved One without Losing Yourself

Being a carer is a difficult role. It requires patience, tenderness, selflessness, and hard work. While it may be a rewarding experience to care for a loved one, it can also be a stressful, both emotionally and mentally. How do you navigate your role as carer without losing yourself? The conscious caregiver helps readers with information about how to handle the emotional stress, practical information on medical needs and finance and how to care for themselves and their loved ones at the same time.

If  Only I’d Known That by Susan Hartnell-Beavis BEM

As a past Carer, Susan hopes to save you from having to seek out the advice and information that you need, and shares her findings with you.

This booklet records some of her own experiences and there are a few telephone numbers and addresses of those who are there to help you – and the person you care for – to lead a happier and more fulfilling life.   You can also download it here

The Selfish Pig’s Guide to Caring by Hugh Marriott
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.

Springtime at Hope Hall by Pam Rhodes

Another recommendation from Alison. “I have just read one of the Hope Hall books by Pam Rhodes. It is easy reading so does not tax the brain. They are about the groups and people who use a village hall.”

There’s never a dull moment at Hope Hall. Its rooms are filled throughout the day with gossipy grandmas, body-popping teenagers, and a nursery group where it’s the grown-ups who are near to tears!

But it’s all in a day’s work for administrator, Kath, whose job it is to make sure Hope Hall offers something for everyone! As the team works to pull off their ambitious Hope Hall Centenary Easter Monday Fayre, Kath realizes reinforcements are needed. Brash, loud and inexperienced though she may be, Kath has a feeling that Shirley might be just the ticket! The Fayre is a triumph but when Kath’s old flame comes back on the scene, she’s faced with some tough choices. Will Kath make the right decision?

The Thursday Murder Club and The Man who Died Twice by Richard Osman

Recommended by Jane, Group Leader at Keinton Mandeville Carers Group.

“I have recently read Richard Osman’s Thursday Night Murder club part 1 & 2. Really good amusing reads in which you can get into the characters very quickly.”

It’s the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

The Library by Bella Osborne

A recommendation from Fiona.

Two lonely bookworms. An unexpected friendship. A library that needs their help.

A touching story about an unlikely friendship. The book was amusing, heart-warming and moving in equal measure.


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