Apparently I’m Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea
Memoir of a Bemused Support Worker
by Graham Phipps
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 28 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 28 Mar 2022
In 2003 having secured two part time jobs within social care following a bout of redundancy I had to hit the ground running; one day trying to make sense of a cheese and potato pie recipe whilst residents waited patiently for their dinner, and the next day playing golf with a client who pushed cheating to the limits. To those who didn’t know him his scores were very impressive.
Other scenarios including dealing with a client’s amorous dog that seemed to swing both ways and deep seated memories of a psychotic donkey called Lucky who was anything but, came under the heading of ”more thinking required”.
Apparently I’m Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea gives an often humorous insight into working with various groups of people who, on the face of it, needed some support but often chose to ignore me. The title comes from a remark given to me by a lady client who then disappeared into the toilet with book in hand.
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This has the makings of a very interesting book, and although I enjoyed reading it, I found it very bitty and disjointed. The author was made redundant from his engineering job and took on the role of being a support worker, for a variety of charitable and government organisations.
He reports on humorous incidents and characters, and gently pokes fun at some disadvantaged clients, but without any malice; indeed I think he comes over as a very supportive and kind person, who often went above and beyond the call of duty. The results make for an interesting read, especially if the reader has had any experience of support work - he worked in the halcyon days when support workers could take clients shopping, playing golf, even to the pub. However, interspersed are snippets about his time in engineering, so the book veers between autobiography and anecdotal tales of support work. He splits the incidents into chapters, but the links between sections are often weak and tend to leap about between various incidents with no clear logic.
Perhaps it would have been an easier read if the tales had been chosen with more discernment, included more background and were organised a little better. But overall its a good read and I enjoyed it.
Thank you to NetGalley and Matador for allowing me access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
My thanks to NetGalley and Matador for a copy of “Apparently I’m Not Everyone’s Cup Of Tea”:for an honest review .
I was drawn to this book by the title and cover and i found it an interesting , and at times humorous, read.
If I have to nit pick it didn’t flow very well between chapters ,as the book progressed, but overall I enjoyed it.
I think anyone who has worked in the same social care profession would particularly enjoy it.