An Extra Pair of Hands

An Extra Pair of Hands : A story of caring and everyday acts of love

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'Inspiring' GUARDIAN
'Heartbreaking' INDEPENDENT
'I loved it' ADAM KAY
'Beautiful' MATT HAIG
'Essential reading' MADELEINE BUNTING
'A celebration' CHRISTIE WATSON


A Best Book for Summer in The Times, Guardian and The i
Independent Book of the Month


Caring is an issue that affects us all - as bestselling novelist Kate Mosse knows all too well.

Kate has cared in turn for her father and mother, and for Granny Rosie, her 90-year-old mother-in-law. Along the way she has experienced the joys, challenges and frustrations shared by an invisible army of carers.

At the heart of this care lie everyday acts of love, and the realisation that, sooner or later, most of us will come to rely on an extra pair of hands.


'Lifts the spirits without pulling punches' IAN RANKIN
'Irresistible' RACHEL JOYCE
'Questions how and why we fetishise independence when the reality of human experience is always interdependence' GUARDIAN, BOOK OF THE DAY
'Heartfelt, funny and at times heartbreaking. 10/10' INDEPENDENT
'Utterly beautiful' FRANCESCA SEGAL
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 180g
  • Wellcome Collection
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • b/w integrated; b/w integrated
  • 1788162625
  • 9781788162623
  • 717,282

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Brilliant ... uplifting, inspiring, a tribute to love -- Elif Shafak * Guardian * A beautiful, profoundly moving book about society's most vital glue - care -- Rachel Clarke A must read -- Penny Wincer Essential reading -- Madeleine Bunting I read it in one sitting -- Christie Watson Moving -- Book of the Day * Guardian * An incisive, profoundly humane blend of the personal and the political -- Gwendolyn Smith * The i * A beautiful, emotional and timely read -- Matt Haig A beacon of light -- Nicci Gerrard Keep the tissues handy. 10/10 * Independent * Shot through with honesty, heartbreak and joy. I loved it -- Adam Kay Timely * Observer * Lifts the spirits without pulling punches -- Ian Rankin Irresistible -- Rachel Joyce This book will be a huge help to both carers and the cared-for -- Deborah Moggach Extraordinary -- Catherine Meyer Wonderful ... uplifting and hopeful -- Cathy Rentzenbrink A heartfelt reminder of why people become carers -- Kate Saunders * Times * Moving -- Book of the Month, Martin Chilton * Independent * An ode to the invisible army of carers holding families together * Reaction * Mosse writes movingly about returning the caring favour and the end that waits for us all -- 50 Best Summer Books * Times * Timely and important * The Oldie * Utterly beautiful - honest, tender, and uplifting -- Francesca Segal
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About Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse is an international bestselling novelist, playwright and nonfiction author with sales of more than eight million copies in 38 languages. Renowned for bringing unheard and under-heard histories to life, she is a champion of women's creativity. Kate is the Founder Director of the Women's Prize for Fiction, the Founder of the global 'Woman In History' campaign and a Visiting Professor of Contemporary Fiction and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Kate lives in West Sussex with her husband and mother-in-law. @katemosse
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Rating details

238 ratings
4.3 out of 5 stars
5 51% (121)
4 32% (76)
3 14% (34)
2 3% (6)
1 0% (1)
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