Book Review: Calling Time

★ ★ ★ ★

This story is set in 1950s New Zealand, where care home inhabitants meet two very different carers. Kristine, who is about to start her nurse training, is caring, compassionate and maybe a little naive. The other carer, Angela, is difficult to like, especially as she makes the decision that certain residents at the home have nothing to live for and ends their lives for them.

The book jumps 46 years later and examines how the later lives of both characters panned out.

This text highlights different coping mechanisms of nursing and healthcare staff and realistic portrayals of those receiving care in a variety of ways.   

It is easy to read, has very believable characters and poses some difficult questions - not just for nurses and healthcare staff but for everyone.

Judith Hereford | Matador | 1st edition | £8.99 | 320pp | ISBN: 9781785893155

Reviewed by Irene Mabbott, practice development co-ordinator, (evidence-based practice), Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield

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