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March 10 @ 2:00 pm
  • Non-fiction

Beloved Old Age and What to Do About It

Margery Allingham’s The Relay handed on to Julia Jones


Farleigh Hospice
North Court Road, Broomfield
Chelmsford, CM1 7FH
with tea and cake, donations for the Hospice welcome on the door

Margery Allingham’s last unpublished book The Relay was an intimate glimpse of aging and dementia. Julia Jones, Margery’s biographer, believes it is as relevant today as when first conceived. Based on her own experience caring for her mother, Julia talks about her book Beloved Old Age, drawing parallels of carers and caring across the decades.

Margery Allingham was a Golden Age of Crime novelist. Although it was never published, her last completed book The Relay was an account of Margery and her sister approaching the end-of-life care for three elderly relatives in 1959-61.

Julia Jones, Margery’s biographer, has interspersed reflections on her current experience with Margery’s conclusions from 50 years ago.

There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and thousands of families and friends who are experiencing the effects of this disease.


A fascinating dialogue linking the 1960s and the present day. Canon David Winter, The Church Times

It raises important issues faced by carers and acknowledges the phenomenal amount of unpaid care which is delivered every day by relatives. Liz Charalambous, British Geriatrics Society

I’m delighted by this book…it has wit and humour as well as generous understanding. Joan Bakewell, journalist & broadcaster.

John’s Campaign

Founded by Nicci Gerrard and Julia Jones in November 2014, John’s Campaign is a request for access and recognition, giving people with dementia the right to have their carers with them in hospital. Supported by the Observer newspaper, the Chief Nursing Officers of England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland, the Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK, among many others.




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