A consultant specialising in old age psychiatry, who has worked in South East London for more than twenty years, Dr Tony Rao is a good friend of Time & Talents – so we wanted to spread the word that he’s got a book out!
Since the 1990s Tony’s work has focused on alcohol misuse in older people, and he has just released a novella about this difficult but hugely important topic.
Catch Me When I Fall is a story about people in Time & Talents’ neighbourhood: the old dockland areas of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey. It centres on the drinking culture that can – in reality as in fiction – cause so much suffering for individuals, families and communities. Tony’s book is inspired by experiences from his own life, as well as the many people he has worked with, who have struggled with alcohol addiction and mental health problems.
Telling the story of Peggy, who turns to drink to try to cope with her grief, loss and deep loneliness, Catch Me When I Fall is about love, isolation, addiction, despair, and the possibility of change. It plays out through the streets of SE16 and, while it describes some very real problems in society, it also shows how a more supportive community has the potential to make a real difference to individual lives.
We want to say a big thanks to Tony for making the generous decision to donate the royalties from his book to Time & Talents. He knows how crucial our work is – and that we are needed now more than ever. Every bit of support helps us to serve the people of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, and to keep striving to create a more caring and connected world, with less loneliness and social isolation.
You can get hold of a copy of the book here: https://t.co/WHPf4jPeNK?amp=1. Even better, if you select Time & Talents as your chosen charity, we’ll get a donation from Amazon Smile! Happy reading…