The Courage to Care: A Call for Compassion (Hardback)
  • The Courage to Care: A Call for Compassion (Hardback)

The Courage to Care: A Call for Compassion (Hardback)

Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 17/09/2020
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The author of the bestselling The Language of Kindness returns with another life-affirming meditation on the incredible breadth of the nurse’s work.

A vital and timely book about inspirational nurses, and the bravery of patients and families, from the bestselling author of The Language of Kindness

Nurses have never been more important. We benefit from their expertise in our hospitals and beyond: in our schools, on our streets, in prisons, hospices and care homes. When we feel most alone, nurses remind us that we are not alone at all.

In The Courage to Care bestselling author Christie Watson reveals the remarkable extent of nurses' work. A community mental-health nurse choreographs support for a man suffering from severe depression. A teen with stab wounds is treated by the critical-care team; his school nurse visits and he drops the bravado. A pregnant woman loses frightening amounts of blood following a car accident; it is a military nurse who synchronises the emergency department into immaculate order and focus.

Christie makes a further discovery: that, time and again, it is patients and their families - including her own - who show exceptional strength in the most challenging times. We are all deserving of compassion, and as we share in each other's suffering, Christie Watson shows us how we can find courage too. The courage to care.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784742980
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 383 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 30 mm


'Now more than ever, nurses are on our minds and in our hearts. Christie writes with beauty and compassion about how they do their jobs. When I wasn't crying, I was marvelling' - Tracy Chevalier, author of A Single Thread

'An inspiring book for our challenging times. It's never been more important to care for one another and the amazing Christie Watson shows us the way' - Olivia Colman

'Christie Watson writes with clarity, generosity and wisdom; her words make us feel less alone' - Joanna Cannon, author of Breaking and Mending

'A call to arms and soul-baring personal odyssey, this book will set hearts and minds on fire. Very few writers can make you care this much, and make you laugh, bawl and stay up all night reading to the final page. Christie Watson writes with the sharpest wit, the finest observations, and has a heart as deep and wild as a river' - Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Adults

'Christie Watson has once again proved she is the pre-eminent voice of the nursing memoir' - Nathan Filer, author of This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health

'This beautiful book captures magnificently the rawness, courage and tenderness of nursing. It made me cry, smile and gasp out loud. It sings with humanity' - Rachel Clarke, author of Dear Life

'Marvellous... A chronicle of the human experience written with all the sensitivity and empathy of an experienced nurse. A courageous account of our inequitable healthcare system. A magnificent collection of stories that describes primal pain, the joy of human connection and the beauty of life through the lens of a compassionate nurse, daughter and mother' - Dr Rupy Aujla, author of The Doctor's Kitchen

'An urgent, powerful, beautiful book, filled with courage, love and hope' - John Sutherland, author of Crossing the Line: lessons from a life on duty

'As we all try to work out the impact of COVID-19 on our lives, The Courage to Care is essential reading about the extraordinary work that nurses carry out every day' - Caroline Elton, author of Also Human: the inner lives of doctors

'This book looks inside the heart of a profession, the life of a family, and the condition of being human. Beautiful, thoughtful and compelling. Absolutely beautiful writing, Christie Watson captures both the intense joy and searing heartbreak of love' - Jo Swinson

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“Heartwarming, and heartbreaking”

The Courage to Care was an incredible second book from Christie Watson! I didn't want to put it down, i was so so invested in Christie's journey as a nurse in all the settings she has cared in, as well as... More

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“Another exceptional memoir”

I absolutely loved The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story when I listened to the audiobook version via my library's mobile app. I was so happy when I was approved to read an advanced copy of The Courage... More

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“Great book”

The courage to care is the second book by Christie Watson, her first book was certainly a 2018 favorite and The Courage to Care certainly doesn’t disappoint. I was so glad when she wrote a second book and couldn’t... More

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