Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Carer (November 2019)

By Deborah Moggach

December 3, 2019

Mandy is such a godsend.  Or is she?

James, a once eminent professor, needs full-time help.  So Phoebe and Robert, his distracted middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, a veritable treasure who seems happy to relieve them of their responsibilities.  But as James starts regaling them with tales of Mandy’s skills, and her eerie anticipation of his needs, they sense something is awry.  The distant figure who never turned up for sports day has become a different man, and they’re not sure they like what they see.

Then something happens which makes Phoebe and Robert realise that life most definitely does not stop at three score years and ten, a shock to the system which undoes almost everything they took for granted about their family history.

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