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  • Published: 16 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529109337
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $45.00

I'll Die After Bingo

The Unlikely Story of My Decade as a Care Home Assistant

The first insider account of what life inside British care homes is really like, written with humour and poignancy

'From fearless and funny to heart-stoppingly raw' Evening Standard

Home is where the care is.

Whether he's initiating a coup d'état against new regulations with the residents, or forging a bond with the 98-year old who once called him a fat slut, Pope Lonergan's work is infinitely varied. This no-holds-barred account shows what life inside a care home is really like, for both residents and carers. Featuring night-time drama, incontinence pads and the uniquely dark humour of one double-amputee Alzheimer's patient, here you can learn everything you ever wanted to know (and a few things you probably really didn't) about Britain's care system.

This important memoir challenges us all to think differently about the value of our elderly, and also the carers who look after them.

  • Published: 16 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529109337
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

Pope Lonergan

Pope Lonergan is a stand-up comedian, Quaker and (recovering) drug addict. He is also a care assistant. I'll Die After Bingo is his tough yet hilarious, intelligent and honest account of 9 ½ years spent caring for the elderly.

Praise for I'll Die After Bingo

Pope Lonergan is always very funny even when dealing with the most serious subject matter

David Baddiel

Pope is such a kind, funny and erudite guide through a world many of us ignore. I hope people read the book. It can't possibly be what they think. It is exceptional

Andrew Hankinson

Darkly comic, crushingly funny and impossibly uplifting. It makes you want to call every elder in your life and hold on to a piece of them while you still can. A triumph

Desiree Burch

Pope is a hilarious and naughty guide through one of the most pressing political issues: social care. This book is a perfect blend of playful, provocative and powerful. So irreverent and honest and not twee or sugar-coated

Josie Long

Five out of five stars. This book does for care home workers what This Is Going to Hurt did for junior doctors... this isn't just a conscience-rebooting book. It's also blisteringly well written, deeply humane and very funny

Daily Telegraph

Blackly funny... enough to make you die laughing

Daily Mail

Funny and moving... deeply affecting

Daily Express

Brutal, pitch-black comedy... Lonergan is a powerful advocate for why care work is important and why we need an honest national conversation about the realities of human deterioration and death


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