Every Kind of People: A Journey into the Heart of Care Work by Kathryn Faulke

£18.99

Pre-order: Published 11th July 2024. 

Bookseller Review by Kath: 

This is a book which needs to be read by government departments relating to the care sector. Particularly those who never get close to the world of a carer.
It could be a manual for those who start working in the care sector; it shows everything that is unfair and terrible and everything that is truly amazing about intimate care of those who are old, ill and immobile. The author writes from the heart. It is not easy reading but it is reading what none of us really wishes to read, but by reading this book, we all might just appreciate with a lot more gratitude what countless carers do for this country. I wanted to scream out loud on their behalf, to demand a fairer wage, and to ask how could this happen in the twenty first century? So, one reads Faulke’s book for its message, to be startled into an awakening of the life of a committed carer. Doctors, and other NHS staff, might do well to read it – the carers of this book, are invisible, often even to those higher up the medical hierarchy. But there is joy, too – and a quiet belief shines through in Faulke’s memoir, that caring is one of the most important gifts to be given.

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A luminous, uplifting and deeply moving memoir by a care worker, told through her funny, heartbreaking, sometimes frustrating, and always eye-opening encounters with the often overlooked and marginalised people she cares for.

‘Being as close as this to someone is a uniquely precious place to be. It is a place where secrets are revealed and fears are shared and outrageous jokes are made that could not be told to anyone else. It is a coal face of human experience’

Kate never expected to become a home care worker. But when she left her senior role in the NHS, burnt-out and disheartened, she thought caring for people in their own homes would be a simpler job. But despite being determined not to become too involved with her ‘customers’, she soon found herself developing firm friendships, forging deep connections and bearing witness to the extraordinary drama to be found in ordinary lives.

With energy, compassion and clarity her memoir gives an astonishing insight into this unsung – and often maligned – profession, and into the hidden lives of the housebound and infirm. From Beryl who screams like a banshee whenever Kate tries to wash her, but collapses in giggles when her toes are tickled, to bawdy Mr Radbert who ‘promised to give me his car when he can remember where he left it’.

Every Kind of People is clear-eyed about the challenges facing the NHS and the care system. But it is above all a celebration of humanity and of the life-changing impact of caring, on those who offer it and those who receive it.