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I'll Die After Bingo: My unlikely life as a care home assistant

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For marketing purposes, Pope Lonergan’s book has, not unreasonably, been bracketed with Adam Kay’s publishing phenomenon, This Is Going To Hurt.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH).This site is protected by reCAPTCHA Enterprise and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Physical and mental deterioration is not something most people are comfortable witnessing, which is why so many elderly people end up in care homes.

But while they each are comedians offering an often darkly funny first-hand account of the woefully underfunded health and social care system, writing with one eye towards raising their field up the political agenda, there are differences in approach. Lonergan also has a special empathy for his clients as he has lived on the sidelines of society himself as a now-recovering drug addict. One second I'm reading a funny memoir about an elderly man reminiscing about a time when he seduced a random woman and 'fucked her up the arse' and the next second I'm reading about hierarchical structures and the distribution of power and autonomy in the care system. He says that the trading of dark jokes alleviates the stress and sorrow that accumulates when you’re bearing daily witness to the undignified disintegration of your fellow humans.

There were some funny bits but wish the author stayed on this path more as this is where the good bits were.

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