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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story
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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story (Paperback)

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Retired nurse and Costa Award-winning author Christie Watson has joined the Covid-19 emergency nursing register and is going back into the NHS. Read her incredible No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling memoir of nursing today.



'It made me cry. It made me think. It made me laugh' Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt and Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas



Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astounding account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.



We watch Christie as she nurses a premature baby who has miraculously made it through the night, we stand by her side during her patient's agonising heart-lung transplant, and we hold our breath as she washes the hair of a child fatally injured in a fire, attempting to remove the toxic smell of smoke before the grieving family arrive.



In our most extreme moments, when life is lived most intensely, Christie is with us. She is a guide, mentor and friend. And in these dark days of division and isolationism, she encourages us all to stretch out a hand.



'A powerful insight into the life of nurses' The Times, Books of the Year



'A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold your breath' Ruby Wax

BiographyMemoirsMedical & VeterinaryNursing & ancillary servicesNursing Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 03/01/2019 ISBN-13: 9781784706883  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Christie Watson is an award-winning, bestselling writer. She has been a nurse for over twenty years. The Language of Kindness was published in 2018 and was a number one Sunday Times Bestseller. It was a Book of the Year in the Evening Standard, Guardian, New Statesman, The Sunday Times and The Times. It has been translated into 23 languages, and is currently being adapted for theatre and television. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and Waverton Good Read Award and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, also achieved international critical acclaim. Christie holds an honorary Doctor of Letters for her contribution to nursing and the arts and is Patron of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation. She lives in South London. www.christiewatsonauthor.co.uk

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I loved this book but I must warn you that it will make you cry and it will make you angry but most of all it will make you appreciate even more the unsung heroes of the NHS - the nurses and, that very unfashionable quality, kindness. 

Jasper, Buying Team

 


There’s a gentleness of spirit in this medical memoir that you don’t always find in the genre. Most are written by doctors, surgeons, consultants - no matter how human the tales there’s often still a distance, we read about their careers, their anecdotes, their successes and failures. In The Language of Kindness, Christie Watson tells us about her nursing practice, from the heart. The importance of empathy, the value of caring and creating time and space for small words or tasks that bring comfort is evident on every page. She explores what it means to connect, not just with patients but their families too. Her own experience as the relative of a terminally ill patient brings an added perspective to this deeply humane, compassionate story. And it’s more than that, it’s a blueprint for a kinder and more patient society.

Sarah, Web Team

Read Christie Watson's Letter to the Reader on our blog

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 10/01/2019

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